Top 10 Mac Terminal Commands for Speed and Productivity

Top 10 Mac Terminal Commands for Speed and Productivity

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Article Summary: 10 commands that will change how you code forever!

Introduction

As a developer, I find myself using the terminal all the time. In this article, I'll list the top 10 commands I use the most for speed and productivity, along with some examples.

1

ls

The ls command is used to list the contents of a directory. It is a very basic command but it is a lot quicker than using the Finder to list the contents of a directory.

2

cd

Next we'll look at the cd command. This command is used to change the current working directory. Again, it is a very basic command but it is a lot quicker than using the Finder to change the current working directory.

3

pwd

pwd is used to print the current working directory. This command is very useful when you want to know where you are in a directory structure.

4

cat

Getting into the more advanced commands is the cat command. This command is used to read the contents of a file without opening it. Here is an example:

cat README.md

Output:

# This is a markdown file

In this example, we are assuming that README.md has the contents # This is a markdown file.

5

The head command is used to print the first few lines of a file. Here is an example:

head README.md
6

tail

Similarly to head, the tail command is used to print the last few lines of a file. Here is an example:

tail README.md
7

grep

Next is the grep command. This command is used to search for a pattern in a file. Here is an example:

grep -i "markdown" README.md

Explanation

In this example, we are searching for the word markdown in the file README.md. We are also searching for the word markdown ignoring case, which is the -i flag.

8

mkdir

The mkdir command is used to create a new directory. Here is an example:

mkdir new-directory
9

touch

The touch command is used to create a new file. Here is an example:

touch newfile.txt
10

rm

The last command is the rm command. This command is used to delete a file or directory. Here is an example:

rm newfile.txt

Bonus 11th Tip!

As a bonus, you can use the && operator to run multiple commands in one line. Here is an example:

mkdir new-directory && cd new-directory && touch newfile.txt

You can see we can make a new folder, change to the new folder, and create a new file all in one line!

Conclusion

That's it for this article! I hope you find this article useful and that you can use it to speed up your development process. Here is a lsit of all the mac terminal commands we went over:

  1. ls
  2. cd
  3. pwd
  4. cat
  5. head
  6. tail
  7. grep
  8. mkdir
  9. touch
  10. rm
  11. &&

Published on December 20, 2021 (December 20, 2021)

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Introduction

ls

cd

pwd

cat

head

tail

grep

Explanation

mkdir

touch

rm

Bonus 11th Tip!

Conclusion

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