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Linux Commands & Shell Scripting

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1 week
29 USD
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1 week
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Course description

Linux Commands & Shell Scripting

This mini-course provides a practical introduction to commonly used Linux / UNIX shell commands and teaches you basics of Bash shell scripting to automate a variety of tasks. The course includes both video-based lectures as well as hands-on labs to practice and apply what you learn. You will have no-charge access to a virtual Linux server that you can access through your web browser, so you don't need to download and install anything to perform the labs.

In this course you will work with general purpose commands, like id, date, uname, ps, top, echo, man; directory manageent commands such as pwd, cd, mkdir, rmdir, find, df; file management commands like cat, wget, more, head, tail, cp, mv, touch, tar, zip, unzip; access control command chmod; text processing commands - wc, grep, tr; as well as networking commands - hostname, ping, ifconfig and curl. You will create simple to intermediate shell scripts that involve Metacharacters, Quoting, Variables, Command substitution, I/O Redirection, Pipes & Filters, and Command line arguments. You will also schedule cron jobs using crontab.

This course provides essential hands-on skills for data engineers, data scientists, software developers, and cloud practitioners who want to get familiar with frequently used commands on Linux, MacOS and other Unix-like operating systems as well as get started with creating shell scripts.

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  • Self-paced Online
  • Online
  • English

Who should attend?


Computer and IT Literacy

Training content

Introduction to Linux Commands and Shell Scripting

  • Module Introduction & Learning Objectives
  • Linux Commands and Shell Scripting
  • Common Linux/Unix Shell Commands
  • Hands-on Lab: Common Linux/Unix Commands
  • Linux and Bash Command Cheat Sheet: The Basics
  • Shell Scripting Basics
  • Hands-on Lab: Getting Started with Shell Scripting
  • Filters, Pipes, and Variables
  • Useful Features of the Bash Shell
  • Hands-on Lab: Bash Scripting Advanced
  • Scheduling Jobs using Cron
  • Hands-on Lab: Scheduling Jobs using Crontab
  • Summary & Highlights
  • Practice Quiz: Linux Commands and Shell Scripting
  • Graded Quiz: Linux Commands and Shell Scripting
  • Course Wrap Up
  • Congratulations and Next Steps
  • Course Rating
  • Team & Notices
  • Acknowledgments & Team
  • Congrats & Next Steps

Course delivery details

This course is offered through IBM, a partner institute of EdX.

3-4 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$29
  • Audit Track - Free

Certification / Credits

What you'll learn

After completing this course, a learner will be able to...

  • Define what a shell is and recall common shell commands
  • Execute common linux commands and use pipes and filters
  • Outline what a script is and describe the ‘shebang’ interpreter directive
  • Create simple to intermediate level Bash shell scripts
  • Schedule cron jobs with crontab and understand the cron syntax.

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