How to Open and Quit Terminal on Mac
This article explains how you can open Terminal on your Mac. This article further explains how you can quit Terminal and a shell process.
The Terminal app lets you type and execute text-based commands to control your Mac. It is found within the /Applications/Utilities/ folder.
Open Terminal on Mac
There are a lot of techniques for opening it. You can do one of the following methods.
1. Use Launchpad
- Open Launchpad on your Mac. You can click the Launchpad icon in the Dock. Alternatively, you can pinch your thumb and three fingers together on your trackpad.
- You can use the Search field. Type Terminal in Launchpad and press the Return to open it.
- Or alternatively, find the Other folder and click Terminal.
- Open a Finder window. You can click the Finder icon in the Dock.
- Click Applications from the left side sidebar.
- Find the Utilities folder. And open it.
- Double click the Terminal icon.
3. Use Siri
- Launch Siri. You can click the Siri icon in the menu bar. (If not already, turn on Siri first).
- Say say “Open Terminal.” And let Siri open Terminal for you.
- See this if Siri is not working on your Mac.
4. Use Spotlight
- Open Spotlight. You can click the search (magnifying glass) icon in the menu bar. Alternatively, press Command-Space bar.
- Type Terminal in the search field.
- Double click Terminal.
5. Add Terminal to the Dock
If you are using Terminal very often, you may want to do this for easy access:
- Open Terminal using any of the methods above.
- Now you can see its icon in the Dock. (see this article if the Dock is not working)
- Control-click (right-click) the app’s icon.
- Then click Options > Keep in Dock.
6. Use the Recent Items list
If you use Terminal a lot, you can use the Recent Items list to quickly open it. Here is how:
Here is how you can properly quit the Terminal app.
Or alternatively, you can press the Command-Q keys together.
See this article if you want to know what apps are running on your Mac.
Close a shell session
Sometimes you may want to quit a running shell process. You can use the exit command to exit the shell where it is currently running. Here is how:
- In Terminal, enter the following command:
- Press return.