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Keyboard Shortcuts for Linux Bash

The default shell on most Linux operating systems is called Bash. There are a couple of important hotkeys that you should get familiar with if you plan to spend a lot of time at the command line. These shortcuts will save you a ton of time if you learn them.

Ctrl + A  –>  Go to the beginning of the line you are currently typing on
Ctrl + E  –>  Go to the end of the line you are currently typing on
Ctrl + L  –>  Clears the Screen, similar to the clear command
Ctrl + U  –>  Clears the line before the cursor position. If you are at the end of the line, clears the entire line.
Ctrl + H  –>  Same as backspace
Ctrl + R  –>  Let’s you search through previously used commands
Ctrl + C  –>  Kill whatever you are running
Ctrl + D  –>  Exit the current shell
Ctrl + Z  –>  Puts whatever you are running into a suspended background process. fg restores it.
Ctrl + W  –>  Delete the word before the cursor
Ctrl + K  –>  Clear the line after the cursor
Ctrl + T  –>  Swap the last two characters before the cursor
Esc + T  –>  Swap the last two words before the cursor
Alt + F  –>  Move cursor forward one word on the current line
Alt + B  –>  Move cursor backward one word on the current line
Tab  –>  Auto-complete files and folder names

June 19, 2012 Posted by | Tips & Tricks, Unix/Linux | , | Leave a comment