Finding the command line on Windows

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Missions: Finding the command line on Windows

What we recommend and why

Most development tools for contributing to free, open source
software projects are built with simple text-based
interfaces. This includes UNIX-like tools such as diff and tar,
often provided by
the GNU project.

Many Windows users never learn about the command line, so these
tools can seem arcane or intimidating. You can relax; the tools
are often simple to use once you have them properly installed and
can run them easily. We wrote this set of instructions so that you
can get used to them and dive into the training missions as easily
as possible.

We chose what we think is the best source for these
programs. You’ll use Git Bash, a project that is under active
maintenance and creates a prompt on Windows that is similar to a
UNIX-like system. These tools run within Windows, and are easy
to uninstall whenever you want to. You will be able to refer to
our quick reference for a refresher of what you learn in this
tutorial. If you already think you might have these tools
installed a different way, or want to learn about other ways to
install them, read the “Alternatives” section on the left.