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Learn the Command Line

Learn about the command line, starting with navigating and manipulating the file system, and ending with redirection and configuring the env

4.6 out of 5 stars
417,811 learners enrolled
  • Skill level

    Beginner
  • Time to complete

    Average based on combined completion rates — individual pacing in lessons, projects, and quizzes may vary
    4 hours
  • Certificate of completion

    Included with paid plans
  • Prerequisites

    None

About this course

The command line is a quick and powerful text-based interface developers use to accomplish a wide set of tasks. With it, you’ll be able to customize your development experience and discover more of your computer’s capabilities. By learning the command line, you’ll also better prepare yourself for a career as an IT specialist, software engineer or systems analyst.

Skills you'll gain

  • Access and modify files

  • Gain insight into the filesystem

  • Customize your workflow

Syllabus

4 lessons • 4 projects • 4 quizzes

The platform

Hands-on learning

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Meet the creator of the course
Zoe Bachman
Curriculum Director
Curriculum Director at Codecademy and creative technologist. She has designed a range of Codecademy courses, including Learn HTML, Learn C#, Learn Alexa, and the beginner-friendly Learn How to Code.

Learn the Command Line course ratings and reviews

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  • Excellent introduction to using the Terminal! Great interactive lessons and repetition to consolidate learning.
    Costa K.
    Verified Learner
  • I enjoyed the learning by doing aspect of this course and feel I have a better understanding of the BASH terminal for LINUX based systems.
    Jay S.
    Verified Learner
  • Easiest possible way to learn command line tools. Well structured and helps learners to get familiar with the concepts with practice in the terminal of codecademy. Also excellent UX.
    Deepak G.
    Verified Learner

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Frequently asked questions about the Command Line

  • The command line is a powerful text-based interface that you can use to operate your computer more efficiently and accomplish a wider range of tasks.

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    Guided projects that help you solidify the skills and concepts you're learning.
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