This course will give an introduction to several useful Linux tools useful in academic research and everyday use of the system.

  • Brief introduction to script files in Bash shell

  • Using quotes

  • Command line parameters

  • i/o and pipes

  • Useful commands: grep, cut, uniq, tr, sort, join

  • Linux tools: awk, sed

  • Data visualization - Gnuplot

  • Image processing: ImageMagick

  • Using Linux scripting in writing PBS scripts for HPC

  • This course provides hands-on sessions



This course is primarily targeted at current VSC-users



Total duration: 4 hours.



Free of charge



Having a basic knowledge of Linux is expected (if not please follow first the Linux-introduction course). Users that want to use VSC account for hands-on sessions should already have a VSC account created (bring the private key) and should have followed HPC introduction and Linux for HPC or should have the equivalent knowledge).


  • Understanding and writing short Linux scripts

  • Getting familiar sophisticated Linux commands

  • Being able to use Linux tools for processing i/o data



If you are planning to use your VSC account during hand-on sessions and you already asked for the vsc-account and created a key-pair, in order to speed up the vsc-account use during the practical exercise, please bring your private key with you (on your laptop or on your usb-stick) to be able to login. If you lost it or you do not remember the passphrase associated with it - we will assist you in creating a new key pair.


If you do not have KU Leuven ID (e.g. u-, r- or s- number), please contact us ( so that we can create a temporary account for you, with which you will be able to login on computers used during hands-on sessions or use wifi on your own laptop.