If you're using PIXEL, Raspbian's Desktop for the Raspberry Pi (or some other Linux Desktop), you can open a shell using a terminal emulator. The name of the terminal emulator on Raspbian (and in most distributions) is appropriately named Terminal.
To open Terminal on Raspbian:
- Click on the Raspberry Icon.
- Click Accessories.
- Click Terminal.
If you're using Raspbian Lite or simply don't want to hook up a monitor and keyboard to your Pi, you can get a shell on your Pi using SSH (which means "secure shell").
In order to use SSH, you'll have to configure it. We've written a more detailed guide on using SSH on your Raspberry Pi, but I'll provide the high level instructions here. Be sure to check out the guide for more detailed instructions.
- Enable SSH on your Pi.
- Get the IP address and login credentials.
- Open a command line on another computer.
- Log in to your Pi using SSH.
Example SSH command:
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