One time, a long, long time ago, in a binary world far, far away, one of the most commonly used web browsers was called Lynx. This command line-based web browser enabled users to surf the web without the added headache of flashy graphics and blinkie text. For those of you nostalgic about the text-only internet days (before lolcats were mainstream and Caturday was a holiday) and aching to return to a time when things were simpler, here's an easy way to do so in Terminal.
Uploading and downloading files through a server over FTP is easy these days with modern FTP clients like Transmit, CyberDuck, or Flow. But if you happen to be in a situation where you're away from home and the Mac you're using is unequipped with a handy FTP client, you can easily retrieve and upload files using the command line. In this how-to, we’ll show you how to put the command line to good use by connecting to an FTP server.
If you have a nice-looking screensaver like us, you want to see it all the time. Type the command below in Terminal, and your current screensaver will appear as your Desktop’s background image. Then, as with all commands on this page and the next, hit Return.
Terminal’s Unix-style command-line interface may be serious business, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it for a little monkey business, too. These Terminal tricks show you some interesting tweaks you probably haven’t imagined before, and to save you the pain of meticulously typing in all these commands, you can copy/paste them.
Terminal (in Applications/Utilities) gives you direct access to the UNIX system that underpins Mac OS X. By typing specific commands into your Terminal window, you can make changes, open settings, or access features that aren’t available by any other means.