Linux Commands Cheat Sheet in Black & White

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Keep this linux cheat sheet on your desk printed, I am sure you will learn them quick and will be a linux expert very soon. We have added had both pdf and image (png) format of the cheat sheet. Please keep us posted if you need us to add more commands. Command are categorized 13 sections according its usage.We have designed the command in white color with black background as we often use on linux shell. We have added bit color for attraction :-).

We have grouped commands in the below categories

a) System
b) Hardware
c) Users
d) File Commands
e) Process Related
f) File Permission
g) Network
h) Compression / Archives
i) Install Packages
j) Install Source
k) Search
l) Login
m) File Transfer
n) Directory Traverse

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  1. Philip says:

    Wow, very good idea, this cheat-sheet is very nice to have under the keyboard.
    Seeing forward for more commands on this sheet.

  2. Paul says:

    Handy chart, but why this order? Why not by frequency of use, order of likely need, or alphabetical?

    • Bobbin Zachariah says:

      Hi Paul, thanks for sharing your ideas. Many users use different frequency based on their specific job. Alphabetical order will not likely help specific requirement. "Order of like" suggestion is good idea :-)

    • cliff says:

      I really like the layout of this Paul. I am just learning linux and trying to learn some commands. If I wanted to put a link in a file directory or delete a directory then trying to find it alphabetically would be hard since I don't know the command I am looking for. Also the poster is right. Which commands someone uses most often depends upon what they usually work with. If I know I want to change a directory or file I can just look into the appropriate category.

  3. Pablo says:

    How about moving sections like system and hardware far away from the top and sticking to commonly used but harder to remember sections like process, install from package etc near the top.

    Nice sheet.

  4. Jason Farrell says:

    I use just about all these commands, and more; only thing I learned is that should really be using hostname -i more often instead of scanning through ifconfig -a for my IP. :)

    Also wanted to point at an error in your cheat sheet:

    "bg" does not "Lists stopped or background jobs"; it puts the most recent job in the background (ctrl-z then bg). It's "jobs" that lists 'em (which I always have aliased to just "j").

  5. Craig says:

    Awesome stuff, thank you. Would you consider doing it as a 16:9 Wallpaper?

    • Bobbin Zachariah says:

      @Craig Yes will design a wallpaper sketch. There are few minor errors on the cheat sheet , once I correct all then I will do

  6. Jack says:

    Small typo after uname -r. Says "isplay kernel information" instead of "Display.."

  7. javediqbaljf says:

    Bundle of thanks brother

  8. TesTeq says:

    Why each command begins with '#'? It makes the whole very useful thing less readable!

  9. Tobbi says:

    Great thanks for this cheat sheet

    Maybe a write-background for printing would be an idea?

  10. Jason Farrell says:

    Hi Bobbin,

    I came back to see if you'd fixed the error I pointed out on your cheat sheet, but instead I see that not only was it not fixed, but my comment pointing it was DELETED. Why? I'm not wrong.

    To be clear - The ERROR above is that "bg" does NOT "list stopped or background jobs"; the "jobs" command does that. "bg" puts the most recent job in the background.

    • Bobbin Zachariah says:

      Hi Jason, You are 100% correct. I am really thankful for pointing out this. I really saw your comments other day. Please give me couple days , I will change it on infograph. I have already changed on the html page(detailed command page).

    • Bobbin Zachariah says:

      @Jason please find the updated sheet

  11. David Guidry says:

    There's a typo in the chart:

    In the File Permission related section: #chmod 755 sets rwx for owner, r_x for group and world. #chmod 766 would sets rwx for owner, rw for group and world

  12. Keven Culp says:

    White background? Please?

  13. Edwin Barton says:

    The only MAJOR problem I have with this so far is that the page clearly states at the top that this page is 'supposed' to be for the Black & White version of the Cheatsheet, however the .pdf file linked to is for the Color version. And the cheatsheet image itself is the color version as well. So where do we actually get the Black & White version from?

  14. Edwin Barton says:

    Ok, I'll ask again since my post was apparently deleted. Why is this page titled "Linux Commands Cheat Sheet in Black & White" when only the color version is supplied as a .pdf and the image shown is the color version. I'd like to download the BLACK & WHITE .pdf version, not the color .pdf one, not the color .png one, but yes the BLACK & WHITE version. (if you're not going to provide the Black & White version on a page that is clearly labeled as being for the Black & White version then the least you can do is change the name of the page to reflect that fact!!!)

    • Bobbin Zachariah says:

      Hi Edwin , thanks for the comments. Let me see if I can get black & white version. Other option would be print document in black & white ink then scan the document to pdf version

  15. v3d says:

    A cool idea but I have some suggestions;

    1) How about adding package managers other then rpm (apt-get at least, since most Linux n00bs will be using Debian-based distros)

    2) Could you provide us with source files so anyone can make translated versions of the infographic and submi it back here?


  16. Hareesh says:

    Hi Bobbin great thanks.. this sheet is very useful for me to learn hdfs file operations in hadoop.


  17. Nikhil says:

    Please INVERT colors before printing!

  18. David Rankin says:

    It would be really really helpful to have a true black & white version. The color version is very nice, but not all printers handle pdf color inversion correctly. Excellent work collecting this useful cheat-sheet.

  19. Paul Redmond says:

    I wanted a more copy/search-friendly version, FWIW

  20. Sandeep says:


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