How to Open The Terminal on Your Mac (3 Simple Ways)

Have you ever been faced with the situation where you’re trying to install something and they asked you to open the Terminal on Mac? You’ve looked around and no idea where the Terminal app was. The guide will show you quickly where you can open the Terminal and you could be able to simply follow the instructions by entering the commands that are asked of you in your installation.

[Update 2020] If you are using macOS Mojave or macOS Catalina, you can still open the Terminal app through 3 ways below

How to Open the Terminal on Mac

The terminal is a useful program that can allow you change the Setting, open any application, show hidden files and folder, etc. on your Macbook. The good new is you can simply open the Terminal by using three ways including opening from Finder, LaunchPad and Spotlight.


Terminal Dark Mode on macOS Mojave

From Finder

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Open the Finder from the Dock, then select the Application in the Favorites on the left side of the window. Find and go to the Utilities folder. Or you can go to the Utilities folder by clicking on Go >> Utilities.

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Just double-click on the Terminal icon to open it.

open the Terminal on Mac

From Launchpad

Go to the Launchpad icon in the Dock, find and click on the Other. Once open it, you will see a set of macOS utility app including Grab, QuickTime, TextEdit, Disk Utility, Stickies, Activity Monitor and Time Machine, Console, Boot Camp Assistant, etc.

Finally, just locate the Terminal and double-click the icon to open it.

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From Spotlight

You also can open the Terminal by going to the magnifying glass on the top right corner, this is called Spotlight Search. Spotlight Search is an easy way to find almost anything on your Mac.

Once click on that, just type “Terminal” in the search field and the Terminal window option will come on top. Click on it to open the program and now you can write down the unix commands for installing the program, etc.

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Tricks: You can quickly open the Spotlight Search by pressing Command + Space.

open the Terminal on Mac

How to Exit Terminal

There are two ways to exit the Terminal program. The first, just right-click on the Terminal icon in the Dock and select Quit option and the second way is press the Command + Q from your keyboard to quit the app immediately.

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