How to Open Command Prompt on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user looking to open the Command Prompt? While Mac doesn’t have a Command Prompt exactly like Windows, it does have a similar tool called Terminal. In this article, we’ll show you how to open Terminal on your Mac and execute commands just like you would in Command Prompt on Windows.

Opening Terminal

To open Terminal on your Mac, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Click on the “Finder” icon located in the dock at the bottom of your screen. The Finder window will appear.
  • Step 2: In the Finder window, navigate to “Applications” and then go to “Utilities”.
  • Step 3: In the Utilities folder, you’ll find an application called “Terminal”. Double-click on it to open.

Note: You can also use the Spotlight search feature to find and open Terminal. Simply press Command + Spacebar to bring up Spotlight, then type “Terminal” and hit Enter when it appears in the search results.

Using Terminal

Now that you have Terminal open, let’s go over some basic commands that you can execute:

  • List files and directories: Use the command “ls” to list all files and directories in the current directory.
  • Create a new directory: Use the command “mkdir directory_name” to create a new directory with the specified name.
  • Navigate between directories: Use the command “cd directory_name” to navigate into a specific directory. To go back to the previous directory, use “cd ..“.
  • Copy files: Use the command “cp source_file destination_file” to copy a file from the source location to the destination location.
  • Delete files and directories: Use the command “rm file_or_directory_name” to delete a file or directory. Be cautious when using this command, as it is irreversible.

You can also use other advanced commands and options in Terminal, but these basics should get you started. Remember to be careful when executing commands, as they can have significant consequences on your system.

Closing Terminal

To close Terminal, simply click on the red “X” button at the top-left corner of the Terminal window. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command + Q.

Note: Closing Terminal will terminate any ongoing processes or commands running in it, so make sure to save any work before closing it.

In Conclusion

Opening Terminal on your Mac allows you to execute commands and perform various tasks similar to Command Prompt on Windows. With a little practice and familiarity with different commands, you can become proficient in using Terminal for managing your Mac efficiently.

We hope this tutorial has helped you learn how to open Terminal on your Mac. Happy command line exploring!

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