Kali Linux Basic Commands For Newbies



  1. Command: ls
    The command “ls” stands for (List Directory Contents), List the contents of the folder, be it file or folder, from which it runs.
    The most common options are -a (all files) and -l (long or details)
    Tab completion is supported and may be configured with .inputrc
    When output to file the files are listed one per line.
    By default, colour is not used to distinguish types of files. That is equivalent to using –color=none.
    Using the –color option without the optional WHEN argument is equivalent to using –color=always.
    With –color=auto, color codes are output only if standard output is connected to a terminal (tty).

A Command “ls -a” list the content of folder, including hidden files the hidden files is colored blueCommand: lsblkThe “lsblk” stands for (List Block Devices), print block devices by their assigned name (but not RAM) on the standard output in a tree-like fashion.

The “lsblk -l” command list block devices in ‘list‘ structure (not tree like fashion).
Note: lsblk is very useful and easiest way to know the name of New Usb Device you just plugged in, especially when you have to deal with disk/blocks in terminal.

2. Command: sudo
he “sudo” (super user do) command allows a permitted user to execute a command as the superuser or another user, as specified by the security policy in the sudoers list.

exp: [email protected]:~# sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
Note: sudo allows user to borrow superuser privileged, while a similar command ‘su‘ allows user to actually log in as superuser. Sudo is safer than su.
It is not advised to use sudo or su for day-to-day normal use, as it can result in serious error if accidentally you did something wrong, that’s why a very popular saying in Linux community is:
“To err is human, but to really foul up everything, you need root password.”

  1. Command: mkdir
    The “mkdir” (Make directory) command create a new directory with name path. However is the directory already exists, it will return an error message “cannot create folder, folder already exists”.

exp: [email protected]:~# mkdir Kalitut
Note: Directory can only be created inside the folder, in which the user has write permission. mkdir: cannot create directory `Kalitut‘: File exists
(Don’t confuse with file in the above output, you might remember what i said at the beginning – In Linux every file, folder, drive, command, scripts are treated as file).

  1. Command: chmod
    The Linux “chmod” command stands for (change file mode bits). chmod changes the file mode (permission) of each given file, folder, script, etc.. according to mode asked for.
    There exist 3 types of permission on a file (folder or anything but to keep things simple we will be using file).

Read (r)=4

So if you want to give only read permission on a file it will be assigned a value of ‘4‘, for write permission only, a value of ‘2‘ and for execute permission only, a value of ‘1‘ is to be given. For read and write permission 4+2 = ‘6‘ is to be given, ans so on.
Now permission need to be set for 3 kinds of user and usergroup. The first is owner, then usergroup and finally world.

rwxr-x–x abc.sh

Here the root’s permission is rwx (read, write and execute).
usergroup to which it belongs, is r-x (read and execute only, no write permission) and
for world is –x (only execute).
To change its permission and provide read, write and execute permission to owner, group and world.

[email protected]:~# chmod 777 abc.sh

only read and write permission to all three.

[email protected]:~# chmod 666 abc.sh

read, write and execute to owner and only execute to group and world.

[email protected]:~# chmod 711 abc.sh

Note: one of the most important command useful for sysadmin and user both. On a multi-user environment or on a server, this command comes to rescue, setting wrong permission will either makes a file inaccessible or provide unauthorized access to someone.

  1. Command: tar
    The “tar” command is a Tape Archive is useful in creation of archive, in a number of file format and their extraction.

[email protected]:~# tar -zxvf abc.tar.gz (Remember ‘z’ for .tar.gz)
[email protected]:~# tar -jxvf abc.tar.bz2 (Remember ‘j’ for .tar.bz2)
[email protected]:~# tar -cvf archieve.tar.gz(.bz2) /path/to/folder/abc

Note: A ‘tar.gz‘ means gzipped. ‘tar.bz2‘ is compressed with bzip which uses a better but slower compression method.

  1. Command: cp
    The “copy” stands for (Copy), it copies a file from one location to another location.

[email protected]:~# cp /home/user/Downloads abc.tar.gz /home/user/Desktop (Return 0 when sucess)

Note: cp is one of the most commonly used command in shell scripting and it can be used with wildcard characters (Describe in the above block), for customised and desired file copying.

  1. Command: mv
    The “mv” command moves a file from one location to another location.

[email protected]:~# mv /home/user/Downloads abc.tar.gz /home/user/Desktop (Return 0 when sucess)

Note: mv command can be used with wildcard characters. mv should be used with caution, as moving of system/unauthorised file may lead to security as well as breakdown of system.

  1. Command: pwd
    The command “pwd” (print working directory), prints the current working directory with full path name from terminal.

[email protected]:~# pwd

Note: This command won’t be much frequently used in scripting but it is an absolute life saver for newbie who gets lost in terminal in their early connection with nux. (Linux is most commonly referred as nux or nix).

  1. Command: cd
    Finally, the frequently used “cd” command stands for (change directory), it change the working directory to execute, copy, move write, read, etc. from terminal itself.

[email protected]:~# cd /home/user/Desktop
[email protected]:~$ pwd

Note: cd comes to rescue when switching between directories from terminal. “Cd ~” will change the working directory to user’s home directory, and is very useful if a user finds himself lost in terminal. “Cd ..” will change the working directory to parent directory (of current working directory).

Ayush Chandel
A tech enthusiastic,developer and blogger who loves to write about technology and help bridge the gap between techies and mainstream readers. Always ready to suggest people on technology and especially the web development. He's also the Founder of this site and just hate Taylor Swift.

Kali Linux Basic Commands For Newbies

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