Linux Shell Cheatsheet

Process Management:

ps = display your currently active processes  
top = display all running processes  
kill pid = kill process id pid  
killall proc = kill all processes named _proc_  
bg = lists stopped or background jobs; resume a stopped job in the background  
fg = brings the most recent job to foreground  
fg n = brings job n to the foreground  

File Commands:

ls = directory listing  
ls -al = formatted listing with hidden files  
cd dir - change directory to dir  
cd = change to home  
pwd = show current directory  
mkdir dir = create a directory dir  
rm file = delete file  
rm -r dir = delete directory dir  
rm -f file = force remove file  
rm -rf dir = force remove directory  
cp file1 file2 = copy file1 to file2  
cp -r dir1 dir2 = copy dir1 to dir2; create dir2 if it doesn't exist  
mv file1 file2 = rename or move file1 to file2 if file2 is an existing directory, moves file1 into directory file2  
ln -s file link = create symbolic link link to file  
touch file = create or update file  
cat > file = places standard input into file  
more file = output the contents of file  
head file = output the first 10 lines of file  
tail file = output the last 10 lines of file  
tail -f file = output the contents of file as it grows, starting with the last 10 lines  

File Permissions:

chmod octal file = change the permissions of file to octal, which can be found separately for user, group, and world by adding:  
- 4 = read (r)
- 2 = write (w)
- 1 = execute (x)


chmod 777 = read, write, execute for all  
chmod 755 = rwx for owner, rx for group and world  


ssh user@host = connect to host as user  
ssh -p port user@host = connect to host on port port as user  
ssh-copy-id user@host = add your key to host for user to enable a keyed or passwordless login  


grep pattern files = search for pattern in files  
grep -r pattern dir = search recursively for pattern in dir  
command | grep pattern = search for pattern in the output of command  
locate file = find all instances of file  

System Info:

date = show the current date and time  
cal = show this month's calendar  
uptime = show current uptime  
w = display who is online  
whoami = who you are logged in as  
finger user = display information about user  
uname -a = show kernel information  
cat /proc/cpuinfo = cpu information  
cat /proc/meminfo = memory information  
man command = show the manual for command  
df = show disk usage  
du = show directory space usage  
free = show memory and swap usage  
whereis app = show possible locations of app  
which app = show which app will be run by default  


tar cf file.tar files = create a tar named file.tar containing files  
tar xf file.tar = extract the files from file.tar  
tar czf file.tar.gz files = create a tar with Gzip compression  
tar xzf file.tar.gz = extract a tar using Gzip  
tar cjf file.tar.bz2 = create a tar with Bzip2 compression  
tar xjf file.tar.bz2 = extract a tar using Bzip2  
gzip file = compresses file and renames it to file.gz  
gzip -d file.gz = decompresses file.gz back to file  


ping host = ping host and output results  
whois domain = get whois information for domain  
dig domain = get DNS information for domain  
dig -x host = reverse lookup host  
wget file = download file  
wget -c file = continue a stopped download  


dpkg -i pkg.deb = install a package (Debian based)  
rpm -Uvh pkg.rpm = install a package (Redhat based)  

Install from source:

make install  


Ctrl+C = halts the current command  
Ctrl+Z = stops the current command, resume with  
Ctrl+D = log out of current session, similar to exit  
Ctrl+W = erases one word in the current line  
Ctrl+U = erases the whole line  
Ctrl+R = type to bring up a recent command  
!! - repeats the last command
exit = log out of current session  
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