Using Glitch as a UNIX command line playground
Glitch is a great way to give everyone access to a shell without fuss on top of frontend and Node projects
1. Create a Glitch account
Go to https://glitch.com and click the “Sign in” button in the top right corner, and log in with either your Facebook account or GitHub account.
2. Start a new project
Click the “Start a New Project” button and select “Create a Website”.
I picked website because it doesn’t matter, we’re here for the console 😄.
3. Open the Advanced Options
Click on the Project’s name in the top left corner, the button you’re looking for has an icon, an odd name like
scarlet-latency and a downward caret.
Once the project menu is open, click on “Advanced Options” at the bottom of the menu.
Now we can open console, aka a command line aka a UNIX-compliant shell by clicking “Open Console”.
4. Try some commands out
The console should open in a new tab… not that it matters as long as it opens.
We can now play around with a full UNIX shell environment, complete with git, curl, echo, cat, VIM… Essentially a better shell than I’ve got locally on my MacBook.
Bonus: some commands to try out
echo "my content" >> newfile.txt
vim newfile.txt(to exit VIM, press
For more command-line exercising, check out my Skillshare course:
Skillshare is a learning community for creators. Anyone can take an online class, watch video lessons, create projects…skl.sh
If this helped you out, leave some 👏🏼s please 😄.
I’m on Twitter as @hugo__df, if you have any questions.