Command line: MAC vs. Windows

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Windows Command Line (CMD) vs. Mac OS Terminal

This is a comparison list of common commands to navigate file-systems, including TRACER, using the command line or the terminal. More comprehensive lists can be found on the web.

Windows CMD


Mac OS Terminal


List files and folders



Full path of current folder/directory


cd <path to directory>

Change folder/directory

cd <path to directory>


One directory up in directory tree

cd ..


Move to root directory


mkdir newFolder

Create new directory in current directory

mkdir myFolder

echo some-text > fileName(.txt)

Create new file

cat > fileName(.txt)

rmdir myFolder

Remove a directory*

rmdir myFolder

ren oldFolderName newFolderName

Rename a directory

mv oldFolderName newFolderName

robocopy myFolder <path to destination directory>

Copy a directory

cp -r myFolder <path to destination directory>

move myFolder <path to destination directory>

Move a directory

mv myFolder <path to destination directory>

del myFile

Remove a file*

rm myFile

ren oldFileName newFileName

Rename a file

mv oldFileName newFileName

copy myFile <path to destination directory>

Copy a file

cp myFile <path to destination directory>

move myFile <path to destination directory>

Move a file

mv myFile <path to destination directory>


Clear the terminal screen


type myFile

Concatenate and print a file

cat myFile

type C:/../myFile PIPE** find "" /v /c

Count lines in a file

wc -l myFile

*IMPORTANT: Remove/delete command DOES NOT ask for confirmation.

**Replace PIPE with the | symbol.