ARCHIVED: In Mac OS X, what is the Terminal, and how do I access it?
The Terminal is the easiest way to access the Unix prompt
in Mac OS X. If you're familiar with Unix, you
may recognize its similarity to
xterm implementations in
Linux and other Unix-like operating systems; if not, the
Terminal's non-graphical environment may be intimidating. However, it
allows you to use built-in command line programs such as
SSH and SFTP, and is required for some advanced
Mac OS X tasks.
Opening a Terminal window
To open a Terminal window:
- In the Finder, from the
- In the Utilities window, double-click
Note: Be careful to enter commands precisely; entering the wrong command can render your computer unusable or cause other problems.
Last modified on December 05, 2012.