How to open Terminal on Mac

Terminal on mac

One of the things that is not very visible to the login user of Apple computers is the Port. As we have already explained to you on many occasions, the Mac system It is a system that over the years has been improving substantially.

However, many of its functions are present from the first versions so if you have been using this system for years you will have realized that it is a system in continuous advance. Proof of this is the Terminal, which offers Mac users a different way to access operating system settings through commands.

This way of accessing system preferences requires a much higher degree of command set knowledge with which it is programmed in macOS, so on certain occasions you will be able to use the Terminal because in some article we will show you exactly the steps and the command that you must write to achieve a certain thing like shut down Mac from Terminal.

As it is an action that you will need to know sooner or later, in this article we are going to teach you different ways to access the Terminal on the Mac operating system.

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Access Terminal from Finder and Launchpad

The most logical way to access the Terminal is through the Finder or the LaunchPad. To access from the Finder you just have to click on the top menu of the Finder on File> New Finder Window (⌘N) and later, in the left sidebar find the Applications item, press it and search Utilities folder> Terminal between the applications that are shown in the right part of the window.

Finder menu

open terminal in applications


If you want to access through the Lauchpad, we must click on the rocket icon in the Dock> OTHERS folder> Terminal

run terminal from launchpad

Open Terminal from Spotlight

The third way to get to the Terminal window is through the universal Spotlight search engine to which we can invoke instantly by pressing the magnifying glass in the top bar to the right of the Finder. By clicking on the magnifying glass, we are asked to write what we want to search for and simply by typing Term ... the application appears to be able to click on it and open it.

access terminal from spotlight

Access from Automator

We could dig a little deeper into the ways to open Terminal with workflows through another app called Automator. The process we have to follow is somewhat more laborious, but once the workflow is created, the execution of the Terminal app is greatly simplified. In this case, what we are going to do is create a shortcut on the Mac keyboard so that Terminal can be opened from the keyboard.

macOS Mojave
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To create the shortcut using Automator:

  • The first thing we have to do is access the Launchpad> Others folder> Automator

Automator on the Launchpad

  • We select the cogwheel in the window that appears Service.

Service item in Automator

  • In the window that appears we have to go to the left sidebar and select Profit Share and in the attached column Open Application.

Open application in Automator

  • In the dropdown The service receives ... select no input data.

Configure open application in Automator

  • Now we drag Open app to the work area of ​​the flow and in the drop-down menu we select the terminal application that as it does not appear in the list we must click Others> Applications> Utilities folder> Terminal.

Drag flow to window functions

Assign Terminal in Automator

  • Now we save the flow File> Save and we give it the name of TERMINAL.

Save flow in Automator

  • To create the workflow terminal, now you have to assign a keyboard shortcut to the TERMINAL flow. For this we open System Preferences> Keyboard> Shortcuts> Services and we add the combination of keys that we want to TERMINAL.

System Preferences Panel

Assign keyboard shortcut

Workflow name

From that moment on each time we press the set of keys Terminal app appears on screen.

From now on, when we refer in a certain article to introducing a command in the Terminal to execute a certain action, you know how to get to the Terminal quickly.

Some commands for fun

It is clear that everything I have explained to you without you being able to do a test is useless. Next I am going to propose that you open the Terminal in one of the ways that I have explained and that you execute the command that I propose.

If you want it started to snow in the Terminal window you can run the following command. To do this, copy and paste the following command into the terminal window.

ruby -e 'C = `stty size`.scan (/ \ d + /) [1] .to_i; S = [" 2743 ".to_i (16)]. pack (" U * "); a = {}; puts "\ 033 [2J"; loop {a [rand (C)] = 0; a.each {| x, o |; a [x] + = 1; print "\ 033 [# {o}; # { x} H \ 033 [# {a [x]}; # {x} H # {S} \ 033 [0; 0H »}; $ stdout.flush; sleep 0.1} '

If you have followed this tutorial to the letter, you are now ready to search the network for commands that you can use to configure aspects of macOS that cannot be configured from the system's graphical interface. A very simple way to go a little further in the Mac operating system.

If you want to have a little fun with the voice of the system write Say and then what you want it to say so that the system reads everything.

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