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Linux Command Line CheatSheets


uname -a        # Display Linux system information
uname -r        # Display kernel release information
cat /etc/redhat-release        # Show which version of redhat installed
uptime        # Show how long the system has been running + load
hostname        # Show system host name
hostname -I        # Display the IP addresses of the host
last reboot# Show system reboot history
date        # Show the current date and time
Cal        # Show this month’s calendar
w# Display who is online
whoami        # Who you are logged in as


dmesg        # Display messages in kernel ring buffer
cat /proc/cpuinfo        # Display CPU information
cat /proc/meminfo        # Display memory information
free -h        # Display free and used memory ( -h for human readable,-m for MB, -g for GB.)
lspci -tv        # Display PCI devices
lsusb -tv        # Display USB devices
dmidecode        # Display DMI/SMBIOS (hardware info) from the BIOS
hdparm -i /dev/sda        # Show info about disk sda
hdparm -tT /dev/sda        # Perform a read speed test on disk sda
badblocks -s /dev/sda        # Test for unreadable blocks on disk sda


top        # Display and manage the top processes
htop        # Interactive process viewer (top alternative)
mpstat 1        # Display processor related statistics
vmstat 1        # Display virtual memory statistics
iostat 1        # Display I/O statistics
tail 100 /var/log/messages        # Display the last 100 syslog messages (Use/var/log/syslog for Debian based systems.)
tcpdump -i eth0        # Capture and display all packets on interface eth0
tcpdump -i eth0 ‘port 80’        # Monitor all traffic on port 80 ( HTTP )
lsof        # List all open files on the system
lsof -u user        # List files opened by user
free -h        # Display free and used memory ( -h for human readable, -m for MB, -g for GB.)
watch df -h        # Execute “df -h”, showing periodic updates


id        # Display the user and group ids of your current user.
last        # Display the last users who have logged onto the system.
who        # Show who is logged into the system.
w        # Show who is logged in and what they are doing.
groupadd test        # Create a group named “test”.
useradd -c “John Smith” -m john        # Create an account named john, with a comment of “John Smith” and create the user’s home directory.
userdel john        # Delete the john account.
usermod -aG sales john        # Add the john account to the sales group


ls -al        # List all files in a long listing (detailed) format
pwd        # Display the present working directory
mkdir directory        # Create a directory
rm file        # Remove (delete) file
rm -r directory        # Remove the directory and its contents recursively
rm -f file        # Force removal of file without prompting for confirmation
rm -rf directory        # Forcefully remove directory recursively
cp file1 file2        # Copy file1 to file2
cp -r source_directory destination# Copy source_directory recursively to destination. If destination exists, copy source_directory into destination, otherwise create destination with the contents of source_directory.
mv file1 file2        # Rename or move file1 to file2. If file2 is an existing directory, move file1 into directory file2
ln -s /path/to/file linkname        # Create symbolic link to linkname touch file        # Create an empty file or update the accessand modification times of file.
cat file        # View the contents of file
less file        # Browse through a text file
head file        # Display the first 10 lines of file
tail file        # Display the last 10 lines of file
tail -f file        # Display the last 10 lines of file and “follow” the file as it grows.


ps        # Display your currently running processes
ps -ef        # Display all the currently running processes on the system.
ps -ef | grep processname        # Display process information for processname top        # Display and manage the top processes
htop        # Interactive process viewer (top alternative)
kill pid        # Kill process with process ID of pid
killall processname        # Kill all processes named processname
program &        # Start program in the background
bg        # Display stopped or background jobs
fg        # Brings the most recent background job to foreground
fg n        # Brings job n to the foreground



U        G        W        

rwx        rwx        rwx        chmod        777        filename        # Use sparingly!

rwx        rwx        r-x        chmod        775        filename        

rwx        r-x        r-x        chmod        755        filename        

rw-        rw-        r–        chmod        664        filename        

rw-        r–        r–        chmod        644        filename        


U = User G = Group W = World

r = Read w = write

x = execute

– = no access

8 – NETWORKING        

ifconfig -a        # Display all network interfaces and ip address
ifconfig eth0        # Display eth0 address and details
ethtool eth0        # Query or control network driver and hardware settings
ping host        # Send ICMP echo request to host
whois domain        # Display whois information for domain
dig domain        # Display DNS information for domain
dig -x IP_ADDRESS        # Reverse lookup of IP_ADDRESS
host domain        # Display DNS ip address for domain
hostname -I        # Display the network address of the host name.
hostname -I        # Display all local ip addresses
wget        # Download
netstat -nutlp        # Display listening tcp and udp ports and corresponding programs

9 – ARCHIVES (TAR FILES)        

tar cf archive.tar directory        # Create tar named archive.tar containing directory.
tar xf archive.tar# Extract the contents from archive.tar. tar czf archive.tar.gz directory        # Create a gzip compressed tar file name archive.tar.gz.
tar xzf archive.tar.gz        # Extract a gzip compressed tar file.
tar cjf archive.tar.bz2 directory        # Create a tar file with bzip2 compression
tar xjf archive.tar.bz2        # Extract a bzip2 compressed tar file.


yum search keyword        # Search for a package by keyword.
yum install package        # Install package.
yum info package        # Display description and summary information about package.
rpm -i package.rpm        # Install package from local file named package.rpm
yum remove package        # Remove/uninstall package.

tar zxvf sourcecode.tar.gz cd sourcecode

./configure make

make install

# Install software from source code.

11 – SEARCH        

grep pattern file# Search for pattern in file
grep -r pattern directory        # Search recursively for pattern in directory locate name        # Find files and directories by name
find /home/john -name ‘prefix*’# Find files in /home/john that start with “prefix”.
find /home -size +100M        # Find files larger than 100MB in /home

12 – SSH LOGINS        

ssh host        # Connect to host as your local username.
ssh user@host        # Connect to host as user
ssh -p port user@host        # Connect to host using port

13 – FILE TRANSFERS        

scp file.txt server:/tmp    # Secure copy file.txt to the /tmp folder on server
scp server:/var/www/*.html /tmp        # Copy *.html files from server to the local /tmp folder.
scp -r server:/var/www /tmp        # Copy all files and directories recursively from server to the current system’s /tmp folder.
rsync -a /home /backups/        # Synchronize /home to /backups/home
rsync -avz /home server:/backups/# Synchronize files/directories between the local and remote system with compression enabled

14 – DISK USAGE        

df -h    # Show free and used space on mounted filesystems
df -I     # Show free and used inodes on mounted filesystems
fdisk -l    # Display disks partitions sizes and types
du -ah    # Display disk usage for all files and directories in human readable format
du -sh   # Display total disk usage off the current directory


cd ..    # To go up one level of the directory tree. (Change into the parent directory.)
Cd     # Go to the $HOME directory
cd /etc # Change to the /etc directory