Ubuntu Commanly Used Commands and Programs

A number of programs and built-in shell commands are commonly used when working at the command line. These commands are organized here by category to help you understand the purpose of each category:

Managing users and groups

  • chage
  • chfn
  • chsh
  • edquota
  • gpasswd
  • groupadd
  • groupdel
  • groupmod
  • groups
  • mkpasswd
  • newgrp
  • newusers
  • passwd
  • umask
  • useradd
  • userdel
  • usermod

Managing file and file systems

  • cat
  • cd
  • chattr
  • chmod
  • chown
  • compress
  • cp
  • dd
  • fdisk
  • find
  • gzip
  • ln
  • mkdir
  • mkcfc
  • mount
  • mv
  • rm
  • rmdir
  • rpm
  • sort
  • swapon
  • swapoff
  • tar
  • touch
  • umount
  • uncompress
  • uniq
  • unzip
  • zip

Managing running programs

  • bg
  • fs
  • kill
  • killall
  • nice
  • ps
  • pstree
  • renice
  • top
  • watch

Getting information

  • apropos
  • cal
  • cat
  • cmp
  • date
  • diff
  • df
  • dir
  • dmesg
  • du
  • env
  • file
  • free
  • grep
  • head
  • info
  • last
  • less
  • locate
  • ls
  • lsattr
  • man
  • more
  • pinfo
  • ps
  • pwd
  • stat
  • strings
  • tac
  • tail
  • top
  • uname
  • uptime
  • vdir
  • vmstat
  • w
  • wc
  • whatis
  • whereis
  • which
  • who
  • whoami

Console text editors

  • ed
  • jed
  • joe
  • mcedit
  • nano
  • red
  • sed
  • vim

Console Internet and network commands

  • bing
  • elm
  • ftp
  • host
  • hostname
  • ifconfig
  • links
  • lynx
  • mail
  • mutt
  • ncftp
  • netconfig
  • netstat
  • pine
  • ping
  • pump
  • rdate
  • route
  • scp
  • sftp
  • ssh
  • tcpdump
  • traceroute
  • whois
  • wire-test

If you need to find full information for using the command, you can find the information under the command’s man page.

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