Published September 8, 2022 | Version v3
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Introduction to Unix: Melbourne Bioinformatics

  • 1. Melbourne Bioinformatics


A hands-on workshop covering the basics of the Unix command line interface.

Knowledge of the Unix operating system is fundamental to the use of many popular bioinformatics command-line tools. Whether you choose to run your analyses locally or on a high-performance computing system, knowing your way around a command-line interface is highly valuable. This workshop will introduce you to Unix concepts by way of a series of hands-on exercises.

This workshop is designed for participants with little or no command-line knowledge.

Tools: Standard Unix commands, FileZilla

Topic overview:

Section 1: Getting started
Section 2: Exploring your current directory
Section 3: Making and changing directories
Section 4: Viewing and manipulating files
Section 5: Removing files and directories
Section 6: Searching files
Section 7: Putting it all together
Section 8: Transferring files

Learning Objectives

At the end of this introductory workshop, you will:

  • Access a Unix machine either locally or remotely
  • Navigate the file system
  • Organise your files into directories
  • Change file permissions to improve security and safety
  • Move and copy files between directories
  • Safely remove files
  • Perform searches within files
  • Combine commands using pipes
  • Transfer files between a local and remote machine


Tutorial instructions available here

The zipped directory below contains required data files.


For queries relating to this workshop, contact Melbourne Bioinformatics (

Find out when we are next running this training as an in-person workshop, by visiting the Melbourne Bioinformaitcs Eventbrite page.


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