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What is the "console" on my Windows 10 PC?

I'm taking the Basic GitHub course, and in the video the woman taught us how to make a md file in the last video, then she jumped to this "console." I'm not using Workspaces, I'm trying my best to work in my own computer with Sublime text. I have NO IDEA what she means when she all of a sudden started talking about this "console" without any previous mention to it. Where should I be inside my own computer? I feel like I must have missed ten whole steps somewhere....

Nevermind. I can see that I need to take a whole other course on the console before I even began this course. I'm going to leave this Git and GitHub track now, and start the console.

For the future. Just enter 'Command Prompt' in the Windows 10 search bar and the console program will show up which is just called Command Prompt on windows

2 Answers

Chris Howell
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Chris Howell
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Hi Rachelle Williams

So the console, the command prompt, the terminal. They are all roughly referring to the same concept but on a Windows machine it is generally a command prompt. On Linux or Mac they generally use Terminal or Shell. But they are all consoles. They do have some slight differences such as between Mac, Windows, and Linux you can run some different commands in these consoles.

When you are working in an IDE (integrated development environment) they usually come with their own "console". Which basically taps into your operating systems command/terminal within the application itself.

So if you are writing code via Sublime Text you need a way to run that code or if you are trying to run Git commands you will have to open a command/terminal. And you may need to learn some of the commands to be able to navigate around your file system to get to appropriate folders especially when you need to run a line of code. Or if you need to clone a git repo. :)

I've never heard the term "console," but I know the "command line" quite well...but I haven't been in it since the '80s! This is going to be quite a journey!