AIX Basics



This course enables you to perform everyday tasks using the AIX operating system. Learn how to manage AIX files and directories, use the vi editor and AIX utilities, and customize the working environment.


This basic course is intended for anyone who requires basic AIX/UNIX user skills to be able to work in an AIX environment.

This course is also a prerequisite for many courses in the AIX Systems Administration curriculum.


  • Basic information technology (IT) concepts and the role of an operating system

Learning Objectives

  • Log in to an AIX system and set a user password
  • Use AIX online documentation
  • Manage AIX files and directories
  • Describe the purpose of the shell
  • Use the vi editor
  • Execute common AIX commands and manage AIX processes
  • Customize the working environment
  • Use common AIX utilities
  • Write simple shell scripts
  • Use the AIXwindows Environment
  • Use the Common Desktop Environment

1. Introduction to AIX

2. Using the System

3. AIX Documentation

4. Files and Directories

5. Using Files

6. File Permissions

7. The vi Editor

8. Shell Basics

9. Using Shell Variables

10. Processes

11. Controlling Processes

12. Customizing the User Environment

13. AIX Utilities, Part I

14. AIX Utilities, Part II

15. Additional Shell Features

16. The AIX Graphical User Interface