Terminal Help

Welcome to Terminal

On the command line, execute UNIX commands, and run scripts to speed up your workflow and automate repetitive tasks.

A Terminal window, showing the output of the list directory contents command, and another tab called London Server.
The Terminal Profiles pane, with the Grass profile selected.

Make Terminal windows stand out with profiles

When you’re logged in to several servers, unique background colors and window titles specified in profiles help you easily spot the right Terminal window. Use profiles built into Terminal, or create your own custom profiles. To work with profiles, choose Terminal > Preferences, then click Profiles.

A Terminal window, showing marks and bookmarks at the left and right sides of the window, and a timestamped bookmark above a command prompt.

Navigate Terminal windows

Add marks and bookmarks as you work, then use them to quickly navigate through lengthy Terminal window output. Select a line in the Terminal window, then choose Edit > Marks > Mark to add a mark, or Edit > Marks > Mark as Bookmark to add a bookmark.

The Inspector pane in Terminal.

Manage processes

Use the inspector to view and manage running processes, and quickly edit window titles and background colors. To open the inspector, press Command-I. To send a command to a process, select it, click the action pop-up menu, then choose a command from Signal Process Group.