Navigating the Command Line (UNIX Shell/Bash)

University of North Texas


Jan 20, 2022

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Instructors: Sarah Lynn Fisher

Helpers: Whitney Freeman, Gracie Flores-Hays, Lauren Ko

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General Information

This workshop is taught with materials provided by Library Carpentry, made by people working in library- and information-related roles to help you:

In this live online lesson, we will cover what the shell is, how to work with files and directories at the command line, how to automate tasks with loops, and ways of working with text.

Who: The course is open to anyone who wants to learn about working at the command line with the UNIX Shell (Bash). You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: This training will take place online. The instructors will provide you with the information you will need to connect to this meeting.

When: Jan 20, 2022. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must have access to a computer with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below).

Accessibility: We are dedicated to providing a positive and accessible learning environment for all. Please notify the instructors in advance of the workshop if you require any accommodations or if there is anything we can do to make this workshop more accessible to you.

Contact: Please email for more information.

Roles: To learn more about the roles at the workshop (who will be doing what), refer to our Workshop FAQ.

Who can attend?: This workshop is open to the UNT community as well as the public.

Code of Conduct

Everyone who participates in Carpentries activities is required to conform to the Code of Conduct. This document also outlines how to report an incident if needed.


Please be sure to complete these surveys before and after the workshop.

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


Navigating the Command Line (UNIX Shell/Bash) Slides


Navigating the Command Line (UNIX Shell/Bash)

Before Pre-workshop survey
8:45 Arrive early for help with installation (optional)
09:00 UNIX Shell/Bash
10:30 Break
10:40 UNIX Shell/Bash (Continued)
12:00 Wrap-up
12:20 Post-workshop Survey
12:30 End


To participate in a Library Carpentry workshop, you will need access to software as described below. In addition, you will need an up-to-date web browser.

We maintain a list of common issues that occur during installation as a reference for instructors that may be useful on the Configuration Problems and Solutions wiki page.

Install the videoconferencing client

If you haven't used Zoom before, go to the official website to download and install the Zoom client for your computer.

Set up your workspace

Like other Carpentries workshops, you will be learning by "coding along" with the Instructors. To do this, you will need to have both the window for Python and the window for the Zoom video conference client open. In order to see both at once, we recommend using one of the following set up options:

This blog post includes detailed information on how to set up your screen to follow along during the workshop.

The Bash Shell

Bash is a commonly-used shell that gives you the power to do simple tasks more quickly. Please find setup instructions in the lesson.