One of the most basic way of driving a computer, whether virtual or physical, remote or local, is using the command line. The software you use to access your computer's command line is called terminal software. 

Some OSs have a terminal included, while for others you need to install an additional app. There are many terminals with various features, characteristics, strengths, subtle differences and sometimes blatant differences.

Here at Nectar we use a wide variety of terminals, and many of us have our quiet preferences. Because the bruising, decades-long text editor wars are something that need not be repeated, we steer clear of any firm recommendations. 

That said, we realise that some of our users may need some pointers to help them get started. 

If you use a Mac or a Linux machine, then you will normally already have a terminal installed. Any instructions you find in our documentation or tutorials, you should be able to follow.

If you use Windows you may need to install a terminal. There are many options, but not all are equally suitable or easy. Two popular (and suitable) options are 1) install MobaXTerm or 2) to enable WSL and install a Linux distribution from the Microsoft Store. Any instructions you find in our documentation or tutorials, you should be able to follow with these.