How to Get Command Prompt on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user who needs to access the command prompt? While the Mac operating system doesn’t have a traditional command prompt like Windows, it does have a similar tool called Terminal. In this tutorial, we will show you how to open and use Terminal on your Mac.

Opening Terminal

To open Terminal, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner of your screen to open Spotlight.

  2. Type “Terminal” in the search bar and press Enter.

  3. The Terminal application should appear in the search results. Click on it to open.

The Terminal Interface

Once you have opened Terminal, you will see a window with a command prompt. The command prompt typically looks like this:


This is where you can enter commands and interact with your Mac’s operating system.

Navigating through Directories

One of the most common tasks in the command line is navigating through directories. Here are some useful commands:

  • cd [directory]: Change directory to the specified folder. For example, cd Documents.
  • cd ..: Move up one level in the directory hierarchy.
  • ls: List all files and folders in the current directory.

Running Commands

You can run various commands using Terminal. Here are a few examples:

  • pwd: Print working directory – shows the current directory you are in.
  • mkdir [directory]: Create a new directory with the specified name. For example, mkdir NewFolder.
  • touch [filename]: Create a new file with the specified name.

    For example, touch newfile.txt.

  • rm [file/directory]: Remove a file or directory. Use with caution as this action is irreversible.


Terminal is a powerful tool that allows you to perform various tasks and execute commands on your Mac. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily open and use Terminal to navigate directories, run commands, and more.

Remember to be cautious when using Terminal and double-check your commands before executing them. With practice, you will become more comfortable using Terminal and harness its full potential.

Now that you know how to access Terminal on your Mac, go ahead and explore its capabilities!

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