Basic Linux Terminal Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

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Basic Linux Terminal Shortcuts Cheat Sheet is here, this is not a comprehensive list but what’s contained here will help you a lot on a daily basis when working on Linux command line interface. Having Terminal shortcut keyboard keys combination in your mind is a real time saver.  There is a list of Windows Powershell Shortcut commands as well.

Basic Linux Terminal Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

So here is a list of Basic Linux Terminal Shortcuts Cheat Sheet.

  • CTRL+ U: Delete all contents to the left of the cursor
  • CTRL+ D: Logout of the current session. It is similar to exit.
  • CTRL+L: Clear the terminal.
  • CTRL+ E: Cursor the end of line
  • CTRL + K: Delete right of the cursor
  • CTRL+W: Delete word on the left
  • CTRL+Y: Paste (after CTRL U, K or W)
  • TAB: auto-completion of file or command
  • CTRL+R: Reverse search history. Type to bring up recent commands.
  • !!: Repeat last typed command.
  • CTRL+Z: Stops current command and runs it in the background with bg or fg.
  • Arrow Up / Arrow Down: Move up and down history commands.
  • CTRL+C: Halts the current command.

Basic Terminal Navigation Commands. 

  • pwd: show working directory
  • du -h: show disk usage of folders in humanly readable format
  • man [command]: shows manual of specified command
  • man -k  : Search for command manual if available.
  • cd  : Change directory to one specified by folder name.
  • cd / : Go to root directory.
  • cd : Cd without any argument takes you to the home directory of current logged in user.
  • cd ~ : Go to the home directory of current logged in user.
  • ls -l  : List contents of a folder in long format with ownership.
  • ls -lh: Detailed list in human-readable format.
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