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learn linux commandsHollywood movies often have a tech geek entering commands and doing amazing things. While it may not be that easy to hack into public transport systems or or control the world like Eagle Eye, the command line is certainly a geeks playground.

Want to show off your command line prowess to your geeky friends but don’t know any cool tricks?  Well you are in luck. The following websites will give you plenty of tricks and tips to satiate your hunger:


shellfu - learn linux command line

“Fu” is defined as possessing superior skills related to an art. Aptly named “Shell fu” houses user-submitted command line goodies, tips and tricks. You can vote entries up if you like them and vote them down if you find they are harmful or do not work as advertised.

If you have some tricks of your own you can even submit them and they will be added to the site after the moderators have a look at them.


command line fu

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Shell fu and Command-line fu are almost identical in concept. Command-line fu allows users to share their CLI wisdom with others and also vote up and down on submitted snippets.

Both shell-fu and command-line fu allow you to follow snippets through RSS and Twitter although I did find command-line fu offers a bit of extra control on RSS feeds.


snipt - linux command line tips

Snipt is the “long term memory for coders”.  Snipt is a collection of frequently used commands and code snippets. You can share these snippets with your co-workers or make them public. Public snippets are viewable to everyone and for our specific case, we are interested in the bash section. However feel free to browse other sections as well.

good coders code, great reuse

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While all the other resources mentioned utilize the power of the crowds to build up content, this one is different. It is Peteris Krumins blog about programming, software and hacking.

What’s so special about it? The famous sed, awk one liners, vim tips, plugins and cheat sheets that Peteris has fabricated over time. The occasional musical geek friday is fun as well.

While it may not be updated as often as the others, but more often than not the content is worth the wait.

Pick up the basics

While the places mentioned above have plenty of content to keep you busy learning, they are not the best places to start your journey. You may also find command line basics here and here. For advanced topics you can read the Advanced Shell Scripting Guide.

That’s plenty of information to keep you involved and build up your Linux-fu! Do you know of any good sites to learn Linux commands? Or have you referred to a Linux command line tutorial that you really like? Share with the world in the comments!

  1. gev
    November 24, 2009 at 1:37 am

    Linux, UNIX User Management Commands

  2. anon
    August 12, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    You should visit :)
    They have tons and tons of tips/scripts/and some very smart peeps !

  3. Praveen
    March 14, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Very useful

  4. Elijah
    February 17, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Thank you guys, this is lovely!

  5. alfred
    February 17, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    NICE :). I also like getting links/references then little bit more complicated stuff then only clicking NEXT so keep them posts about linux coming please :)

  6. James Gibson
    February 17, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Wow, I'm a regular visitor to 3 of these and will definitely check out 'snipt' as well.

    Shell-fu and command-line-fu are indeed quite similar, though I find Shell-fu to be better as it's more in-depth, while command-line-fu is more a firehose for short commands with quite a lot of duplicates. Still, all worth a visit!

  7. Michael Massey
    February 17, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Prior to taking a SUSE server class I was advised to go to (I dabbled in Linux but only GUI wise). This site really helped me get familiar with the CLI and a good portion of the commands you would use on a daily basis.

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