Unix Terminal Teaches Mac OS X Users unlocks the powerful capabilities of Unix that underlie Mac OS X, teaching how to use command-line syntax to perform common tasks such as file management, data entry, and text manipulation. The course teaches Unix from the ground up, starting with the basics of the command line and graduating to powerful, advanced tools like grep, sed, and xargs. The course shows how to enter commands in Terminal to create, move, copy, and delete files and folders; change file ownership and permissions; view and stop command and application processes; find and edit data within files; and use command-line shortcuts to speed up workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
Moving around the file system
Creating and reading files
Copying, moving, renaming, and deleting files and directories
Creating hard links and symbolic links
Understanding user identity, file ownership, and sudo
Setting file permissions with alpha and octal notation
Changing the PATH variable
Using the command history
Directing input and output
Configuring the Unix working environment
Searching and replacing using grep and regular expressions
Manipulating text with tr, sed, and cut
Integrating with the Finder, Spotlight, and AppleScript

Ratings and Reviews

3.0 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

metrodigi ,


There seems to be a lot of info but accessing it is totally terrible. I am running on a quad core i7 with all flash so power or speed is no issue. The app has a series of videos that scroll along at a maddeningly slow crawl for the most mundane commands. Its setup like watching the words of a book scroll along in an animation of some sort. Try looking at a one line sentence for what seems like 10 minutes before the next line is magically revealed. By then, you have dropped dead of boredom! You have to keep dragging the panning button to get anywhere. And yes it crashes at the end of every video too! Cmon, someone teaching unix should be better than this!!!

Denki Gishi ,


This is an excellent app. It really teaches a lot of useful things. However the app crashs at the end of every video and the narrator keeps referencing files for demos that I can’t figure out how to get. Please update!


Jason Stafford
440.1 MB

OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor



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