OSMC is based on Debian which allows us to deliver a very powerful and expansive system. While OSMC can be fully managed and configured via a graphical interface, we have preserved access to the unfettered level of
configuration that a full Linux system promises, giving you complete access and control over your device. For newcomers, this can be quite daunting – however with some patience and guidance, you can pick up how to use the command line. If you have any suggestions or questions, let us know. Here are a few commands to get you started:
This command is used to list files and folders in current directory. In
order to view hidden files and filepermissions us
ls -al. You can also
list files and folders in a remote directory,
Short for change directory,
cd .kodi or if you like to jump multiple
directories in one command,
cd .kodi/userdata. And to hop a directory
You can directly jump to the current users home folder with
This is how you make a new folder.
mkdir newfoldername creates a new
folder in the folder you’re standing in. You can also create a remote folder
in the filesystem
The first command listed here that need two arguments, cp is for file copying.
cp sourcefile destinationfile and as always you can copy with paths.
cp /home/osmc/mytextfile ./texts/ this will copy mytextfile into the
folder texts in current directory(
./). To copy a folder, you need to add an option to the cp command, like this
cp -r foldername foldercopyname.
The command to rename and/or move files and folders, to rename a file use this
mv old-file-name new-file-name, and to move
mv myfile.pdf ./pdfs/. This
will move the myfile.pdf to the pdfs folder located in your current folder. And to move
and rename at the same time
mv myfile.pdf ./pdfs/mycharts.pdf
To delete a file you use
rm filename or to delete a folder
rmdir foldername. Rmdir warns if there is files inside the folder or use the second more unforgiving
rm -r foldername. Last alternativ deletes folder and all the containing files.
Download a file from the web to your current folder.
Used to see how much used/freespace there is on connected media, including your SD-card.
This is an interactive process viewer, which you exit with
q. If you want more information about top, press
h while it’s running.
A simple text editor,
nano filename opens the texteditor and lets you do the what you need to do. Use
CTRL+x to exit. If there were any changes made you will be prompted if you want to save the file and a filename for the saving.
Sometimes you need higher priveliges then osmc user has, like when you need to edit a systemfile. For example adding a new source in /etc/apt/sources.list, this can not be done by osmc user, so you have to get root(system administrator) filerights. This is done via sudo like
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list.
All these commands, except cd, have a some help information. To access this you
type this “command --help”.