Unix Command Line Basics (Mac and Linux only)

Signal - 111 N. Canal St., Suite 455 Chicago - View Map Girl Develop It Chicago
Wed, Mar 30, 2016, 6:00 PM (CDT)

About this event

The command line! Nothing looks more ridiculously outdated and nerdy. What is that quintessential yet mysterious screen of green-on-black text you always see hackers staring at in the movies?  How can you use its secrets to make computers do your bidding? Is it really worth learning it? Come find out!

If you see people use the command line and it makes you feel overwhelmed, incompetent, or just confused as to why such a thing still exists in 2016, then this class is for you! In this short, one-evening class, you'll go from feeling like this: 

...to this! 

And in just a few hours, we'll discover a wonderful secret together: 


It's not as hard as you're probably imagining.


This class will give a quick, interactive tour of all basic Unix commands. You aren't expected to have it all memorized by the end of the class, but you will know what you don't know, and you'll know where to look things up when you need them later.

Specifically, you'll learn how to use the command line to create, read, edit, move, and copy files, how to use built-in help documentation, and how to use many of the powerful tools that come along with most Unix Shells. If we're being totally honest, this is an intro to Unix, but it's from the angle of "getting things done" rather than technical depth or purity.

You'll need a Unix compatible system at your disposal, which means a Mac or Linux laptop. You cannot use a Windows laptop for this course.
We are not planning on offering a Windows version of this course in the immediate future. Not because we don't love you, or because Windows isn't important, but because we don't have adequate materials to teach an equivalent course to Windows users.

For Mac & Linux users – If your computer is less than 10 years old you should be good to go. You don't need to install additional software.

Cost: $20

Date: Wednesday, March 30 from 6:00-8:30 PM

Location: Signal, 111 N. Canal St., Suite 455

Technical requirements:

• A Mac or Linux laptop

• Administrator-level access (if you're using a work computer, ask your IT department if you have Admin-level access)


• None. This is a beginner-level course.

Instructor: Lauren Scott

Lauren is a full-stack web developer at Braintree, poet, Dev Bootcamp graduate, and general life enthusiast. She loves programming because it combines her passion for creating things with her love of problem solving. Girl Develop It gave her a safe space to throw herself whole-heartedly into web development, and she's ready to pay it forward! She's passionate about teaching, learning, coding, feminism, tabletop RPGs and a good dumpling.

Hosted by: Signal

Signal is the global leader in real-time, cross-channel marketing technology. Signal’s Fuse Open Data Platform helps marketers collect data from any offline or online source, synchronize that data across all consumer touch points, and deliver it to any marketing or analytics endpoint – all in real time. The platform is ecosystem-neutral and helps data and marketing technologies work better together, driving increased engagement, loyalty, and conversions. Our headquarters is in Chicago's West Loop, but we're global in everything we do.

If you are interested in being a teaching assistant for this workshop, please contact Paige through Meetup or via email. TAing is a great way to practice what you know and to get to know members of our community.

All attendees, including staff and volunteers, are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It code of conduct


Wednesday, Mar 30
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)


111 N. Canal St., Suite 455 Chicago