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Development Tools Console Foundations Getting Started with the Console Running Commands

Pedro Araya
Pedro Araya
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What does the $ usually represent on the command line?

What does the $ usually represent on the command line?

2 Answers

On a Mac, the $ is usually just a symbol that separates the terminal prompt from what you are about to write. If you're seeing a $ after a few other things all on the same command line, it usually means the terminal is ready for you to start typing a command. It is usually not part of any command itself, so you don't actually type the $ sign. Does that help?

Think of it as a divider between the terminal prompt and what you're about to write. It provides you with a nice quality of life improvement as opposed to if it weren't there.