General Linux Shell Usage & Basic Commands

command-line-linuxBelow is a brief guide for basic usage of a Linux shell (command line). Once you’ve mastered the commands to move between directories and search for files, using a shell will become very efficient!

A few commands to restart common services:


(CentOS) service sshd restart

(Debian) /etc/init.d/ssh restart


(CentOS) service httpd restart

(Debian) /etc/init.d/apache2 restart


(CentOS) service cpanel restart


(CentOS) service mysql restart

(Debian) /etc/init.d/mysql restart

For detailed information on any of the commands below, type “man [command]” at the command line.


top – Displays a summary of all running processes, with CPU and memory usage for each.

kill -9 PID – Kills a process. Use ‘top’ to find the PID of a running process.


grep root /etc/passwd – Shows all matches of root in /etc/passwd.

grep -v root /etc/passwd – Shows all lines that do NOT match root.

find /etc -name config – Lists all files in /etc containing ‘config’ in their name.

File Manipulation

rm filename.ext – Deletes filename.ext.

rm -f filename.ext – Deletes filename.ext, bypassing confirmation.

tar xvfz file.tar.gz – Extracts a .tar.gz file.

bzip2 filename.ext – Zips filename.ext to filename.ext.

bunzip2 filename.ext.bz2 – Unzips filename.ext.bz2 to filename.ext

cp – Copy file.

mv – Moves a file, and can also change a filename.

chown – Change ownership permissions on a file.

Directory Manipulation

mkdir – Creates a new directory with the name you specify, ex. ‘mkdir downloads’

cd – Change directory, for example to move to the directory /root, do “cd /root”

ls – List all files in the current directory.


netstat -an – Shows all open connections to the server.

ifconfig – Shows info for all configured network interfaces.


df -h : Displays a summary of total and used disk space.

passwd – Change your account password. If logged in as root, you can specify a user, e.g. “passwd user”

vi – A basic text editor included with all Linux distributions.

touch – Generates an empty file, ex. ‘touch index.php’ will create a blank index.php.

General Linux Shell Usage & Basic Commands
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