(as of 2/17/2016)
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- Command line interface
- Configure and program computer operations
- Customize preferences such as window behavior and interface appearance
Apple Terminal is an application bundled with Mac OS X. It is a terminal emulator with a command line interface that allows users to type Unix commands to get more functionality from their Mac.
The utility can be used to configure a Mac and script and program a number of computer operations. You can change the default backup periods in Time Machine, disable the auto-restore feature, show hidden files in Finder, enlarge dock icons, and plenty more. Terminal allows you to customize a variety of preferences. You can set windows, shells, and tab behaviors. The interface is customizable too, as you can choose to apply different profiles to the interface, which includes the background image or color, text colors, window size, tab appearance, and keyboard actions.
Since OS X provides an impressive graphical user interface, most casual OS X users will never use Terminal. However, it can be a helpful tool for customizing elements, performing tasks that may require additional software, and troubleshooting problems on your operating system. Apple Terminal is a helpful command line utility for Mac OS X users.
Primary file extension
Other file extensions used by Apple Terminal 2
|Supported File Types|
|.BASH_HISTORY||Bash History File|
|.BASH_PROFILE||Bash Interactive Login Shell File|
|.BASHRC||Bash Non-Interactive Login Shell File|
|.ICONSET||Mac OS X Icon Set Folder|
|.PROFILE||Bash Shell Profile|
|.SH||Bash Shell Script|
|.TERMINAL||Terminal Settings File|
Updated: February 17, 2016