How to Open Mac Terminal

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Opening the Mac Terminal is a fundamental skill for anyone wanting to delve into the world of command-line interface. Whether you are a developer, system administrator, or just curious about the inner workings of your Mac, knowing how to access the Terminal opens up a whole new realm of possibilities.

What is the Terminal?
The Terminal is an application that provides text-based access to the underlying operating system. It allows you to execute commands and interact with your Mac using only text-based inputs. While it may seem intimidating at first, mastering the Terminal can greatly enhance your productivity and give you more control over your machine.

Opening the Terminal
To open the Mac Terminal, follow these simple steps:

  • Click on the “Finder” icon located on your Dock.
  • In the top menu bar, click on “Go”.
  • A drop-down menu will appear. From this menu, select “Utilities”.
  • A new Finder window will open, displaying various utility applications.
  • Scroll down until you find an application named “Terminal”.
  • Double-click on “Terminal” to launch it.

Once launched, you will see a new window with a black background and white text. This is where all the magic happens!

Navigating through the Terminal

The Terminal operates using directories and folders just like in Finder. To navigate through different directories in the Terminal, we use commands such as:

  • cd [directory_name]: Change directory to navigate into a specific folder.
  • cd ..: Move up one level in the directory hierarchy.
  • ls: List all files and folders in the current directory.

Customizing the Terminal

You can personalize the appearance and behavior of the Terminal to suit your preferences. To access the Terminal preferences, click on “Terminal” in the top menu bar and select “Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

From here, you can modify settings such as font size, text color, background color, and more. Experiment with different options to find a style that suits your taste.


In this tutorial, we have learned how to open the Mac Terminal and navigate through different directories. We have also explored how to customize the Terminal to make it more visually appealing.

The Terminal is a powerful tool that allows you to execute commands and interact with your Mac on a deeper level. With practice, you will become more comfortable using it and unlock new possibilities for managing your system efficiently.

Remember, mastering the Terminal takes time and patience. Don’t be afraid to experiment and explore its capabilities. Happy coding!

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