How do I clear the current command line in terminal?


You have typed a long line of command in terminal. But now you want to clear or delete the entire line. Deleting each character in the command will take sometime and bored you. So are there any keyboard shortcuts that allow you to do this? Yes there are some hotkeys to the rescue.

Hotkeys Description
CTRL + u Delete the current command.
The deleted command will be stored into a buffer.
CTRL + w Delete a word.
CTRL + c Abort what you are typing.
CTRL + d Delete current character.

Other hotkeys that might help you work faster in the terminal.

Hotkeys Description
CTRL + e Move to the end of line.
CTRL + a Move to the start of line.
CTRL + k Cut text from the cursor to the end of line.
CTRL + y Paste the last cut text or buffer.
CTRL + - Undo.
CTRL + b Backward one character.
CTRL + f Forward one character.
ALT + Backward one word.
ALT + Forward one word.

How do I create a console progress bar?

The code below demonstrates how to create a progress bar in a console program. The trick is to print the progress status using a System.out.print() and add a carriage return character ("\r") at the end of the string to return the cursor position to the beginning of the line and print the next progress status.

package org.kodejava.lang;

public class ConsoleProgressBar {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        char[] animationChars = new char[]{'|', '/', '-', '\\'};

        for (int i = 0; i <= 100; i++) {
            System.out.print("Processing: " + i + "% " + animationChars[i % 4] + "\r");

            try {
            } catch (InterruptedException e) {

        System.out.println("Processing: Done!");