How to open and use the Terminal app on a Mac computer, with a few basic commands you can use to take control of your operating system.
If you’re new to the Mac Terminal, think of it as the ultimate command shortcut hub, one that allows you to take control of your operating system in a super quick and efficient way (it’s also something you might use if you’re familiar with UNIX operating systems).
Learning to use the Terminal is kind of like speaking a different language — you’ll have to familiarize yourself with at least the general rules to use it properly.
For example, every character you type matters, even spaces; you navigate through lines using your arrow keys; and you have to press the “return,” or “enter,” button to give a command.
(We’ll run through a few basic commands you might want to use later on.)
But first, you’ll have to open the Terminal. Here’s how:
How to open the Terminal on a Mac
There are two primary avenues you can use to get to the Terminal: the Applications folder in your Finder, or searching in Spotlight. Here’s a quick run-through of both processes.