macOS Command Line Course



About the macOS Command Line Course

During several of our macOS Support Essentials classes it’s been clear that many people would like to use the Command Line much more in the day-to-day support of their users. Our exclusive macOS Command Line course was designed to provide all the practical knowledge a Mac admin needs in this area.

Unfortunately the official Apple curriculum stopped teaching Command Line at this level back with OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) Support Essentials. This has left a skills gap for many Mac admins. But with the help of our Mac Command Line training, admins can now learn to use this program with confidence.


Mac Command Line Course Prerequisites

Students looking to learn Mac Command Line should have the following knowledge prior to attending:

If you’re in any doubt about your suitability for this course, please call our training pros on  (+44) 0203 507 1728. We’ll be pleased to discuss your training needs in more detail.

Who Should Attend the macOS Command Line Course?

  • Delegates who attended Support Essentials but want to dive deeper into the operating system
  • Any candidate wanting to advance their OS knowledge

Mac Command Line Training Outline


What is Unix? What’s the Command Line? What’s a Shell?

Using and Customising Terminal

Learning the Basics of Terminal, Modify the Window, Set a Default Shell

macOS Layout and Navigation

FileSystem Layout (the basics of /usr, /lib, what they are, etc), Using Terminal – Basic Navigation (pwd, cd, ls), Manual Page (man)

Working with Files and Directories

Naming Files in Command Line, File & Directory Creation, Deletion and Moving, Aliases and Links (Hard and Symbolic), Imaging (hdiutil)

User Management

Changing Ownership (chown), Changing Group (chgrp), Changing Permission (Sticky Bit, Lock, Hidden), ACL permissions, Create, Modify, and Delete Users (dscl)


Resetting User passwords (passwd), FileVault (fdesetup), Firmware Password (fimwarepasswd)

Network Configuration and Troubleshooting

Configure Computer Name, Network Utilities Ping, Lookup, and Traceroute

Remote Access

ssh, rcp


Force Quit (killall), Disk Management diskutil


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Where’s the Training Centre?

We run this course at 71-73 Carter Lane, London, EC4V 5EQ, but don’t forget that we offer onsite training too. If you’ve got several team members to train, it might be more cost-effective for us to come to you.


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