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Shortcut to clear the terminal window in Linux

Scenario:

You want a command line option to clear the terminal.

Solution:

Clearing the terminal window is highly dependant on what terminal software you’re using. You can create an alias that rights a clear code out that most terminals should support. The alias will allow you to map it to a command line “cls”.

Steps:

  1. Edit the “~/.bashrc” file
  2. Add the following line:
    alias cls="echo -ne '\033c'"
    
  3. Save the file. You may need to start a new terminal session for this to take effect.

Alternate Method for a Mac running OSX (Unix):

OSX supports a command called “reset”. Using this should clear the terminal window.