Past Meetup

Introduction to Command Line

Hosted by Girl Develop It Los Angeles

Public group

This Meetup is past

14 people went

Price: $25.00 /per person
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The command line. Eek! It looks so outdated and nerdy. I mean, isn't that how people used computers in 1987? Why on earth would you need to know that NOW?

If trying to use the command line makes you feel overwhelmed, incompetent, or just confused, then this class is for you! It's not as hard as you're probably imagining, and you'll feel like a first-class coder by the time you leave this class!

This class will give you a quick, interactive tour of the basic command line commands, including how to create, read, edit, move and copy files; how to use built-in help documentation; how to install fresh new apps; how to pipe things together like a pro; and how to access other computers.

You'll also be ready to jump into other Girl Develop It classes that require some use of the command line. Those classes include Ruby, Python, Sass, and Git/GitHub among others.


This class is ideal for absolute beginners. There are no perquisites! Come one, come all!

What to bring

Please bring a laptop* and charger to class. Power outlets and wifi will be provided. You may also wish to bring a notepad and pen/pencil for taking notes.

* No laptop? We have a limited number of laptops we can loan to students during class. Please fill out our Laptop Request form ( to let us know you need to borrow one!

Refund Policy

If you can no longer attend the class you signed up and paid for, your payment will be donated to the local chapter scholarship fund. You can help another woman in need! If the class is cancelled or rescheduled, we'll offer refunds to anyone who registered and paid.


We're here to help! If you have any questions or anything you'd like to discuss before signing up for the class, please contact us at losangeles [at] girldevelopit dot com.


Big thanks to 8th Light ( for letting us use their office to host this workshop!

About the teacher

Cat McLoughlin is a software crafter at 8th Light where she and her coworkers create custom software for clients in a wide array of industries. As a polyglot she loves learning new programming languages as well as teaching what she knows to others. Cat believes making things with code brings both power and responsibility, and that it happens to be super fun, too.

As always, anyone is welcome to attend our classes and events - we are women-inclusive, not women-exclusive. All attendees are expected to abide by our Girl Develop It Code of Conduct (