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Introduction to the Unix Shell

February 2, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


This workshop will introduce the Unix shell, a powerful way to communicate with your computer more directly through a command line interface. There are many ways to interact with a computer. Most of the time we click on things and select options with a cursor through a graphical user interface (GUI). A command line is exactly what it sounds like, a way of writing commands to your computer line by line and is incredibly powerful. In this workshop we will show you how to navigate through different parts of your system and introduce some of the most useful commands to be aware of.

No previous experience with the command line is required. This workshop is for beginners.

This workshop is part of the Core Skills series.

Pre-workshop setup:

We will be using the Unix shell for most of the workshop. If you have a Mac or a Linux laptop you don’t need to install or enable anything. If you are using a Windows10 PC you will need to turn on the “Windows Subsystem for Linux” setting as per these instructions.

This workshop will be a hybrid format. If you will be attending in-person, please bring a laptop with you.


This event will be held online. Registrants will receive the Zoom details by email 3 hours before the event. Registration closes 24 hours before the workshop.

If you have any questions, concerns, or accessibility needs, please email jess.yao@ubc.ca or eka.grguric@ubc.ca.

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