Mac Terminal shell look-alike using CSS & HTML

I was a bit bored, so I decided to create a CSS & HTML version of the Mac Terminal shell. Introducing CSS Shell:

Mac Terminal Shell using CSS & HTML

You can see the live demo here.


The HTML is straight forward, and fairly semantic:

<div class="shell-wrap">
  <p class="shell-top-bar">/Users/pjlangley/Documents/websites/</p>
  <ul class="shell-body">
    <li>cd ../../../../</li>

I’ve used a nbsp after cd, to stop the file path falling onto the next line, leaving cd on it’s own, which didn’t look realistic. Something to bear in mind if it happens to you.


And the CSS is as follows:

.shell-wrap {
  width: 500px;
  margin: 100px auto 0 auto;
  box-shadow: 0 0 30px rgba(0,0,0,0.4);

  -webkit-border-radius: 3px;
  -moz-border-radius: 3px;
  border-radius: 3px;

.shell-top-bar {
  text-align: center;
  color: #525252;
  padding: 5px 0;
  margin: 0;
  text-shadow: 1px 1px 0 rgba(255,255,255,0.5);
  font-size: 0.85em;
  border: 1px solid #CCCCCC;
  border-bottom: none;

  -webkit-border-top-left-radius: 3px;
  -webkit-border-top-right-radius: 3px;
  -moz-border-radius-topleft: 3px;
  -moz-border-radius-topright: 3px;
  border-top-left-radius: 3px;
  border-top-right-radius: 3px;

  background: #f7f7f7; /* Old browsers */
  background: -moz-linear-gradient(top,  #f7f7f7 0%, #B8B8B8 100%); /* FF3.6+ */
  background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%,#f7f7f7), color-stop(100%,#B8B8B8)); /* Chrome,Safari4+ */
  background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top,  #f7f7f7 0%,#B8B8B8 100%); /* Chrome10+,Safari5.1+ */
  background: -o-linear-gradient(top,  #f7f7f7 0%,#B8B8B8 100%); /* Opera 11.10+ */
  background: -ms-linear-gradient(top,  #f7f7f7 0%,#B8B8B8 100%); /* IE10+ */
  background: linear-gradient(to bottom,  #f7f7f7 0%,#B8B8B8 100%); /* W3C */
  filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#f7f7f7', endColorstr='#B8B8B8',GradientType=0 ); /* IE6-9 */

.shell-body {
  margin: 0;
  padding: 5px;
  list-style: none;
  background: #141414;
  color: #45D40C;
  font: 0.8em 'Andale Mono', Consolas, 'Courier New';
  line-height: 1.6em;

  -webkit-border-bottom-right-radius: 3px;
  -webkit-border-bottom-left-radius: 3px;
  -moz-border-radius-bottomright: 3px;
  -moz-border-radius-bottomleft: 3px;
  border-bottom-right-radius: 3px;
  border-bottom-left-radius: 3px;

.shell-body li:before {
  content: '$';
  position: absolute;
  left: 0;
  top: 0;

.shell-body li {
  word-wrap: break-word;
  position: relative;
  padding: 0 0 0 15px;

It will even look good in IE8+, and all other modern browsers.


Although it depends on your targeted browser support - you probably require all the browser prefixes as seen above. I hope you enjoy the CSS & HTML version of the Mac Terminal. Add your own colour themes with ease.

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