How To Open Terminal On Mac? A Simple Guideline

Many iOS users report that they are asked to open Terminal on their device at the time of uninstalling or installing some apps. But, they have no idea about this Terminal app and the exact location where they can find this app. Generally, users choose the Mac as they can easily interact with the GUI of the device. The more you can gather knowledge about your Mac, the better you can interact with it. Before discussing ‘how to open terminal on Mac’, you should know about the Terminal app and why it is needed for your iOS device.

What is the Terminal App exactly?

Terminal works like the Windows Command Prompt. It is available on all OS X version. The terminal is the command line interface of iOS devices. It is also a gateway of Unix and the fundamental OS of Mac. Terminal helps to modify the fonts, GUI, files and other features of Mac. It allows you for command and total customization. When the Terminal window is opened, you can type commands to install programs. But, you have to remember that if your modifying method is wrong, then you may lose your all data or it will harm the device.

How you recognize the Terminal App?

You will find this app in Mac Utilities folder. It is a black icon and the border is grey. You can easily recognize by seeing its color.

How to open Terminal on Mac? – Some Basic Procedure You Need to Know

You can easily open this Terminal on your Mac. Just go to the Applications folder. Under this folder, you will find the Utilities folder. The Terminal is located in this folder. So, you can easily open this by performing these simple steps. But, you can open this by some other ways which seem to be more easier than this. So, just go through all the methods and try one of these which you will think is easy for you.

Method #1: Using Finder

  1. Finder is square in shape and it looks like a blue smiley face.
  2. First, click on the desktop wallpaper.
  3. You can see the menu bar from the top of the screen. Under this bar, you will find Go.
  4. Choose Utilities. You can also open the utilities by typing Shift+⌘+U from the keyboard.
  5. In the below of the Utilities window, you can see Terminal. Double-click on it. The terminal window will open.

Method #2: Using Launchpad

  1. In the dock, just click on the Launchpad icon.
  2. Then, choose Other. After opening it, you will see a number of macOS apps like QuickTime, Disk Utility, Activity Monitor, Grab, TextEdit, Console, Stickies, Boot Camp Assistant etc.
  3. Just find the Terminal from these Utility apps. Click twice on Terminal to launch it.

Method #3: Using Spotlight

It is the easiest way to find apps, programs or anything in the Apple device. So, you can easily open Terminal by using this. Just follow the guideline which we provide here.

  1. On the top right corner of the screen, you will find a magnifying glass. This magnifying glass is actually the Spotlight search. You can also press Command and Space at the same time on the keyboard. It will also open the spotlight.
  2. Now, type ‘Terminal’ on the search bar.
  3. You can see the Terminal window on the top of the list.
  4. Just, tap on this. The Terminal will open.

Method #4: Open Terminal in Recovery mode

Opening Terminal in this mode is easier than using Finder or Spotlight. You will get more advantage if you open the Terminal in the Recovery mode. In this mode, just typing some commands on the Terminal section, you can reset a password, make space for hard disk and also you can enable or disable SIP.  So, follow these below instructions one by one to open it.

  1. When the system starts, press the Command key and R key at the same time. It will help you to reboot the iOS device in Recovery mode.  
  2. Choose the language as your preference.
  3. After choosing the language, ‘MacOS Utilities’ screen will appear.
  4. See the ‘Utilises’ menu on the screen.
  5. You can find ‘Terminal’ option. Just tap on it, it will launch automatically.

Method #5: Using Keyboard shortcut

If you don’t want to use a third-party app to launch the Terminal, then you can try this method which will help you to open Terminal on Mac. Just go through all the instructions carefully.

  1. First, open and select a new “Service” document
  2. You will find ‘Run AppleScript’ under the ‘Utility’ section.
  3. Set “Service receives” to “no input”, then paste the “Run AppleScript” action in the workflow.
  4. Now, set the content as we write below.

on run {input, parameters}

tell application “Terminal”
 end tell

end run

  1. Save as this document with any name, and then shut down the
  2. Now, you have to go to System Preferences. Choose the Keyboard option. Now select Keyboard Shortcuts, and then choose Services. Just scroll down and you will find your new service under the General section. Make it as a Shortcut.

This method is difficult compared with the other methods. But, if you are not willing third-party apps like Finder, Launchpad, then you can use this method.  

Method #5: By Siri – The voice assistant of the iOS devices

Siri is the voice assistant and you can find anything by saying something to Siri. this time, it will also help you out.

  1. Just press alt and Space on the keyboard at the same time.
  2. Siri will open. After opening, just say ‘Open Terminal’. Siri will open the Terminal.

The shortcut way to open the Terminal

Press the Control key, Shift and “T” key at the same time on the keyboard. It will open a new Terminal window. But, if you press Command, Control, Option, Shift and T key at the same time, then it will open a new Terminal tab instead of a new Window.

In this article, we are discussing some methods of  ‘How to open Terminal on Mac’. Hope it will be beneficial for you. We hope, you can gather some knowledge about the Terminal of Mac. If you have any question about this, don’t forget to contact our experts.