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How to start with the Command Line

The command line is a powerful tool and a necessary skill to learn when handling larger data sets. Many online resources will get you there. Listed are a notable few:

For downloading data as explained in How to handle a download link / dropbox, you can make do with the bare essentials of Navigating the File System on codecademy. On Linux and macOS systems, the application is called Terminal, on Windows you can choose between the applications Command Prompt and PowerShell.


Basic commands - cd and ls - are the same as on Linux, but most other commands are different.

For members of the VSC (Vlaamse Super Computer), please have a look at their training repository. The Intro to Linux will more than suffice for downloading data.