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Armin Briegel

Conference session: The macOS School of Terminal Witchcraft and Wizardry

Armin Briegel MacAD speakerTerminal, the command line, shell. A powerful tool and a tedious chore. Mac Admins love it and hate it. Many of its behaviours might as well be spells and magic.

We will look at several tricks, configurations, features and shortcuts for the Terminal application on macOS that will streamline your workflow and make the entire experience more pleasant. We will take a deep dive into the history of the shell, look at some idiosyncrasies with macOS and check out some alternative shells.

About Armin Briegel

Armin Briegel has been working with Macs and Apple for over twenty-five years and probably held most existing technical job titles at one time or another.

He worked for nearly ten years at Apple Germany and US as a Systems Engineer, Consulting Engineer, and Solutions Architect. Then he worked for five years as a System Administrator at University of Southern California in Los Angeles where he had to put Mac management theory in to practice with Jamf Casper, Munki, and many, many custom scripts and packages.

Armin recently moved back to Europe where he has published two books for Apple Administrators ( He recently started as a Systems Engineer at Pro Warehouse. (

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