Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

A shell is a software interface that's often a command line interface that enables the user to interact with the computer. Some examples of shells are MS-DOS Shell (, csh, ksh, and sh. Below is a picture and example of what a Terminal window with an open shell.

Terminal window

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