The terminal can be intimidating to work with when you’re used to working with graphical user interfaces. However, it’s an important tool that you need to get used to in your journey as a Python developer. Even though you can substitute some workflows in the terminal with apps that contain a graphical user interface (GUI), you may need to open the terminal at some point in your life as a Python developer.
Note: This Code Conversation has a companion tutorial, The Terminal: First Steps and Useful Commands, which covers what you’ll learn here and explains how to use
pip and Git from the terminal.
In this Code Conversation, you’ll follow a chat between Philipp and Martin as they perform common tasks in the terminal on macOS, such as:
- Showing the current working directory
- Listing the contents of a folder
- Adding text to files without opening them
- Displaying the content of a file
Along the way, you’ll learn how to:
- Find the terminal on your operating system
- Open the terminal for the first time
- Navigate your filesystem with basic commands
- Create files and folders with the terminal
- Run Python files on macOS
If you’ve never worked with the terminal on macOS before or when you want to see some interesting use cases to incorporate the terminal into your workflow, then this video course is the perfect start for you.