Introduction to Command Line Computing

Renato Alves   2023-09-15   Comments Off on Introduction to Command Line Computing

Date(s) - 2023-09-15
13:00 CEST - 17:00 CEST


Many of the systems that are used to perform computational analyses – such as the EMBL compute cluster – run on a Linux operating system and require interaction via the command line. Mac computers also run on a similar architecture, sharing most of the features of Linux environments. An understanding of these environments and the skills and tools required to make use of them, can improve the efficiency of your work and help to prevent errors in your data analysis.

This course will provide an introduction to the most basic UNIX (Linux/Mac OS X) commands and by the end of the course the participants should be confident and competent in navigating around a linux filesystem, performing basic file operations and finding help on the commandline.

The course will follow the course materials available here. Participants will be asked to independently go through the setup instructions prior to the course. If you have any questions, please contact Bio-IT.

Bio-IT is also planning this to facilitate your participation to next CodeRefinery workshop, which follows up on the material taught here: if you are unfamiliar with the command line, it is strongly recommended that you take this beginners course before attending the CodeRefinery one, which will go through the use of version control (git) also for collaborative work.

Maximum capacity for the course is 30 participants and registration is required to secure a place.

Trainer team:

  • Lisanna Paladin
  • Renato Alves
  • Eleonora Mastrorilli
  • Christian Schudoma
  • Contact us if you would like to be a trainer or helper!

Course Fee:

EMBL Bio-IT offers courses for free to all EMBL members.

Cancellation and No-Show:

Participants will be charged a no-show or drop-out fee of 200 Euros if their absence is not communicated or justified. For EMBL members, this charge is made to the indicated group budget.

Location and ticket types:

We will provide the possibility to have this course on site in Heidelberg (Seminar Room 1D-651A) or online. Please select the option that best fits your needs, but please notify us if you need to change your ticket type.



Bookings are closed for this event.

About Renato Alves

I am a Community and Project Manager for Bio-IT and Training Coordinator for ELIXIR Germany. Find me at EMBL-HD office 116 or at Bio-IT drop-in Sessions on Tuesdays 10:00-12:00 at the EMBL staff lounge (or online). Contact Details: email -, Twitter -, GitHub -, GitLab -, ORCID -