Here’s a list of commonly used command line tools and commands on macOS.
The command line interface (CLI) on macOS provides a powerful and efficient way to interact with your computer, perform system tasks, and automate workflows. In this article, we will explore a list of commonly used command line tools on macOS that can empower you to work more effectively in the terminal environment.
ls: Lists the files and directories in the current directory.
cd: Changes the current directory.
pwd: Prints the current working directory.
mkdir: Creates a new directory.
rm: Removes files and directories.
cp: Copies files and directories.
mv: Moves or renames files and directories.
touch: Creates a new file.
cat: Displays the contents of a file.
grep: Searches for a specific pattern in files.
find: Searches for files and directories based on various criteria.
chmod: Changes the permissions of a file or directory.
chown: Changes the ownership of a file or directory.
ssh: Connects to a remote server using the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol.
top: Displays real-time information about system processes.
man: Displays the manual pages for commands and utilities.
history: Shows a list of previously executed commands.
curl: Transfers data to or from a server using various protocols.
tar: Creates or extracts compressed archive files.
sudo: Executes a command with administrative privileges.