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Why Learn the Command Line?

We use our mouse and fingers to click images of icons and access files, programs, and folders on our devices. However, this is just one way for us to communicate with computers.

The command line is a quick, powerful, text-based interface developers use to more effectively and efficiently communicate with computers to accomplish a wider set of tasks. Learning how to use it will allow you to discover all that your computer is capable of!

Take-Away Skills:

By the end of the course, you will be able to navigate, access, and modify files and folders on your computer—all without a mouse!

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  1. 1
    Get up and running with the command line by navigating directories and files.
  2. 2
    Learn to manipulate directories and files from the command line.
  3. 3
    Learn to redirect input and output to and from files and programs.
  4. 4
    Learn to configure the environment using the command line. We will also introduce how to access and use the command line in Windows.

What you'll create

Portfolio projects that showcase your new skills

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How you'll master it

Stress-test your knowledge with quizzes that help commit syntax to memory

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I know from first-hand experience that you can go in knowing zero, nothing, and just get a grasp on everything as you go and start building right away.

Course Description

Discover the power of this simple yet essential text-based tool and increase your productivity as a developer.


Earn a certificate of completion
8 hours to complete in total

Get up and running with the command line by navigating directories and files.

1 lesson, 1 quiz, 1 project

1 lesson, 1 quiz, 1 project

1 informational, 1 lesson, 1 quiz, 1 project, 2 articles