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Quick Introduction to Linux Command Line

Learn the basics of Linux commands in this crash course.

Linux and its famed command line is vast. But you have to start somewhere.

If you are completely unfamiliar with the Linux commands, terminal and the bash shell, this micro course is for you.

In an hour or two, you'll get acquainted with the most common Linux commands, learn to seek help from man pages and learn to navigate through bash shell.

📶 Difficulty level: Beginner
⏳ Time to complete: Approx. 1 hour
📋 Prerequisite: None
📹 Type: Primarily video course

What will you learn?

In this crash course on Linux commands, you'll learn the following:

  • Know your way around the Linux terminal and command line
  • Introduction to bash shell
  • Understanding man pages to get help on a Linux command
  • Case sensitivity in Linux
  • Get familiar with the concept of superuser and root
  • Most common Linux commands
  • Navigating the Bash shell


There is no requirement as such. You should know how to use a computer at least.

The course presumes that you are an absolute beginner to Linux commands. But you can still use it to brush up the basics if you have forgotten your ways around the command line.

Who is your instructor?

Ted LeRoy is an Enterprise Security Architect, providing a variety of information and physical security guidance to his business.

Ted is also best-selling online instructor specializing in technology related courses.

He has over 20 years in Information Technology and experience in Windows and Linux administration, web server and email administration, and network and firewall administration with Cisco, Juniper, and pfSense devices.

How to use this course?

This course is available to both free and Pro members of Linux Handbook. If you are not a member yet, sign up for free here.

You can simply watch the videos to see things in action.

Although, it is highly recommend that you follow the instructions and steps on your own system. That will be the best approach here.

For that, you should have access to a Linux system. You can use WSL on Windows or install it in a VM. Of course, you can use a full Linux desktop. You may also use a cloud server. Any Linux distribution should work fine.

The course also contains text. So if you have to revise the lessons, you can quickly go through the text instead of going through the video again.

The course is divided into chapters. The chapters of the series are always visible in the left sidebar and you can easily switch between them. The sub-sections of a chapter are located in the right sidebar.

The next and previous chapter navigation are also present at the bottom of each chapter.

For any doubts, you can always use the comment section available under each chapter.

Let's start learning Linux!