Library Carpentry: Unix Shell

This workshop introduces attendees to the Unix Shell. At the end of the workshop, you will be able to understand the basics of the Unix shell and uses of commands to work with directories, files and data. 

Topics covered:  

  • What is the shell?   

  • Navigating the filesystem  

  • Working with files and directories  

  • Automating the tedious with loops  

  • Counting and mining with the shell  

  • Working with free text  

Requirements: Please bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that you have administrative privileges on. Please make sure that your web browser is up to date. 

Please ensure that you have a specific software installed for this workshop – click here for setup instructions. 

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This workshop is part of a programme of Library Carpentry workshops. 

Library Carpentry will introduce you to the fundamentals of computing and provide you with a platform for further self-directed learning. You can choose to attend the full programme of workshops, or to participate only in workshops that are useful to you (workshops will be advertised individually). 

The programme focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities, and aims to help you to: 

  • automate repetitive, boring, error-prone tasks 

  • create, maintain and analyse sustainable and reusable data 

  • work effectively with IT and systems colleagues 

  • better understand the use of software in research 

  • and much more 

Previous knowledge of the tools to be presented at sessions is not required. 

Full programme outline: 

  • Introduction to Working with Data (Regular Expressions) 

  • Tidy Data for Librarians 

  • OpenRefine 

  • The Unix Shell 

  • Introduction to Python for Libraries 

  • Introduction to R for Libraries 

Click here for more information about the Library Carpentry programme


Due to high demand for our training events, our cancellation and no-show policy applies to bookings for this event. Click here for details of this policy.