Working quickly with some usefull BASH Shortcuts

Shell Tips
October 29, 2006 | COMMENTS

Last day, one of my friends was doing some stuff on its Mac OSX Term without using any shortcuts. I suggest some of them (which are POSIX, GNU or Shell keys combinations) to him and he answer me : Why don’t you post it on ?!

Those shortcuts are for Bash shell but it’s probably work with other advance shells.

Control Keys combinations (CTRL+KEY)

  1. ctrl+a : move your cursor to the beginning of the line
  2. ctrl+e : move your cursor to the end of the line
  3. ctrl+k : delete any characters from your cursor to the end of the line
  4. ctrl+u : delete any characters from your cursor to the beginning of the line
  5. ctrl+w : delete previous word
  6. ctrl+t : transpose two previous characters
  7. ctrl+y : yank/recover the last deletion
  8. ctrl+d : delete one character at the cursor position
  9. ctrl+h : delete one character before the cursor
  10. ctrl+f : move forward (or use the right arrow ! 😃
  11. ctrl+b : move backward (or use the left arrow ! 😃
  12. ctrl+r : find character sequence in history (completion mode)
  13. ctrl+g : escape from completion mode
  14. ctrl+v : Literal next (LNEXT)

NB: LNEXT interpret the next character as a string. eg : for symbolize a CR+LF* you must do the key combination ctrl+v+return, that will print ^M.*

Escape Keys combinations (ESC+KEY)

  1. esc+d : delete from the cursor position to the end of the word
  2. esc+f : move forward a word
  3. esc+b : move backward a word
  4. esc+t : transpose two adjacent words

Other common keys

  1. Use up/down arrows to move thru the bash command history
  2. Use left/right arrows to move on the current line
  3. Use tabulation key (TAB) for auto-complete a command name or a file name
  4. Use exclamation key + command name for repeat last similar command (ex. : !vi will recall the last vi command)