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    Use Bash Keyboard Shortcuts

    Cameron NokesCameron Nokes
    bashBash

    Bash keyboard shortcuts make it faster and easier to get things done at the terminal. In this lesson we'll look at the following shortcuts:

    • Ctrl+A - go to the beginning of a line
    • Ctrl+E- go to the end of a line
    • Ctrl+K - clears line up to the cursor
    • Ctrl+W - delete last word
    • Ctrl+L - clear the screen (equivalent of the clear command)

    Note: these shortcuts work on Terminal, iTerm 2, and Hyper. If you are using an alternative terminal, they may not work.

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    Instructor: Let's say I have a long command here, I want to go to the beginning of the line, I want to go back here. I can use Ctrl+A to go to the beginning of the line, and then Ctrl+E to go back to the end.

    I can also use Ctrl+K to clear the entire line up to my cursor. You can see I'm in the middle of the line, I'm going to do Ctrl+K, it's going to clear all the text up to it. I can use Ctrl+W to delete the last word. Ctrl+W, Ctrl+W deletes those words. Then finally, Ctrl+L clears the screen. This is equivalent to the clear command which does the same thing.