Macintosh OS X Terminal

OS X Terminal IconMacintosh OS X Terminal is a program built into OS X. It includes a program called ssh which will allow you to make secure connections to UNIX computers. Terminal uses a command-line interface, so you'll use the program by typing commands at a prompt. When you're running Terminal, you're using UNIX to access your Macintosh rather than the more familiar Aqua graphic interface. 

Usage Instructions

Using Terminal to Make a Secure Connection

  1. Locate Terminal in your hard drive in Applications: Utilities. If you will be using it frequently, you may want to drag its icon to your Dock so you can start it from there in the future.
  2. There are 2 ways to connect using Terminal:
    • If all you want to do is run Pine, type the following in the terminal window:

      ssh uni@pine.columbia.edu where uni is your own UNI, e.g. abc1234.

      After you provide your password, Pine will run automatically, and when you quit Pine, your connection will close.
       
    • To connect to CUNIX to do anything other than run Pine, type the following in the terminal window:

      ssh uni@cunix.cc.columbia.edu where uni is your own UNI, e.g. abc1234.

      Type your password at the CUNIX password prompt. You'll be logged into CUNIX and can run UNIX programs in the normal way.

Secure File Transfer with OS X

Terminal includes the standard UNIX utilities scp (Secure Copy) and sftp (Secure File Transfer Protocol). If you are familiar with the UNIX command-line interface for scp and sftp, you can use them that way. Find out more information about transferring files.