Best Linux Tutorial Books



Free 27 Linux Tutorial Books That You Need To Download Now

Do I need to describe what Linux is? No, I don’t. Because in the world of Technology, Everyone knows it. Linux is a versatile foundation of all the software and OS. A significant portion of software development, Tech education, OS are based on Linux. The earlier time, it was a command-line interface. That’s why most of the users did not get interested. Still, various Linux distros come with a very intuitive and beautiful graphical user interface that makes it likable to general people.

Day by day, people are learning the benefit of open source software, Virus-free OS, and above all, to adopt the flexible app base, where every customization is possible as per user’s need. Android, developed by Google on Linux Kernel, Ubuntu, powered by canonical partners based on Debian and future IOT ( Internet Of Things), all those things are and will be on solely Linux kernel. And that indicates that we must learn the Linux base to get the best out of this because Linux is the future.

So if you are a Linux user, you might be using Ubuntu, Arch Linux, Manjaro, Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Kali Linux, or any other distros which you prefer. In this situation, either most of the users are newbies or possessing a little bit of knowledge. But to get the best out of the Linux system, you have to be a learned user so that you can use the Linux system at the highest level, be experienced users or Linux Administrator or developers.

Best Linux Tutorial Books

This is why today, I am going to share a list of the best and useful free Linux Tutorial books to become a powerful and expert user. All these evergreen Linux Tutorial and learning e-books obviously make a reliable destination for your future Linux based life.

All the mentioned Linux Tutorial books originally come with a pdf version, and I have also made an epub, Mobi, and amazon kindle copy from the original pdf copy. So if anyone finds any problem with the epub or Mobi copy, I would like to refer to the original pdf version. I hope all the copy is okay to read on various devices.

1. Introduction to Linux: A Hands-on Guide

This book is beneficial for beginner users. The contents are written in a simple and easy to understand format, mainly keeping in mind the newbie Linux users who have come from other OS or just have installed any Linux Distros for the first time.

The first chapter of this book has focused on the traditional history of Unix, Linux, Users Interface, features of Linux, and the various desktop environment. Then you will be getting quickstart documentation on initial setup, login, password, GUI, Command Line Interface, files management, and necessary Linux command. In the third chapter, you will be able to play with the Linux files system and partitioning.

The fourth chapter will allow you to learn about various processing tasks related to users, Boot, Grub, and Multi-tasking inside out.

Moreover, it gives detailed information about the Desktop environment, Graphical User interface, Shell Script, setup, X window system and configuration, keyboard, date, language and fonts set up, installing software, and package management.

There is a detailed step to learn about printing. This section teaches about how to format and command for printing through CLI and GUI.

Though the Linux system is a versatile and stable OS, it may sometimes be broken due to some tweaks. So it’s important to learn how to take the backup of the system and files and restore them after the crisis or system damage. There is a separate chapter which will teach you about backup and restoration of files and system image.

Now we are living in an era of technology and networking. In the networking section, you will be learning about the local host and remote access networking, Internet setup and file transfer protocol, and security aspects.

The sound and audio chapter teaches you about playing music and movies on your system, streaming Internet television, and a little bit of information about Internet telephony.

Table of Contents

  • What is Linux?
  • Quickstart Guides
  • About files and the file system
  • System Processes
  • I/O redirection
  • Text editors
  • Home sweet /home
  • Printers and printing
  • Fundamental Backup Techniques
  • Networking
  • Sound and Video

2. Bash Guide for Beginners

This book shares in-depth knowledge about bash scripts, environment, GNU sed stream editor, awk programming language, variables, and so on.

Table of Contents

  • Bash and Bash scripts
  • Writing and debugging scripts
  • The Bash environment
  • Regular expressions
  • The GNU sed stream editor
  • The GNU Awk programming language
  • Conditional statements
  • Writing interactive scripts
  • Repetitive tasks
  • More on variables
  • Functions
  • Catching signals

3. Java Application Development on Linux

This book solely teaches Java application development on a Linux system. It starts from the very fundamental and basic information of the Linux system and takes the reader to an advanced level of Java software development. It describes all the toolkits used for active development projects in a very simple and step-by-step guide.

Table of Contents

  • An Embarrassment of Riches: The Linux Environment
  • An Embarrassment of Riches: Editors
  • An Experienced Programmer’s Introduction to Java
  • Where Am I? Execution Context
  • The Sun Microsystems Java Software Development Kit
  • The IBM Developer Kit for Linux, Java 2 Technology Edition
  • The GNU Compiler for Java (gcj)
  • Know What You Have: CVS
  • Ant: An Introduction
  • Integrated Development Environments
  • Balancing Acts: An Imaginary Scenario
  • Analysis and Design: Seeking the Objects
  • JUnit: Automating Unit Testing
  • Storing the Data
  • Accessing the Data: An Introduction to JDBC
  • Getting in the Swing of Things: Designing a GUI for BudgetPro
  • Other Ways: Alternatives to Swing
  • Servlets: Java Pressed into Service
  • JSP: Servlets Turned Inside Out
  • Open Source Web Application Servers
  • Introduction to Enterprise JavaBeans
  • Building an EJB
  • Deploying EJBs
  • Parting Shots

4. User Mode Linux

If you learn about virtualization technologies, COW files, files system management, networking setup, host kernel, and MConsole queries, this book is absolutely perfect for you.

Table of Contents

  • A Quick Look at UML
  • Exploring UML
  • A Second UML Instance
  • Playing with a UML Instance
  • UML Filesystem Management
  • UML Networking in Depth
  • Managing UML Instances from the Host
  • Host Setup for a Small UML Server
  • Large UML Server Management
  • Compiling UML from Source
  • Specialized UML Configurations
  • The Future of UML
  • UML Command-Line Options

5. Linux Patch Management

This tutorial will teach you about various patch management for Fedora, Redhat, Debian, and other Linux Distributions. Moreover, you will have through on repositories set up, system update, and configure apt for various distros.

Table of Contents

  • Patch Management Systems
  • Consolidating Patches on a Red Hat/Fedora Network
  • SUSE’s Update Systems and rsync Mirrors
  • Making apt Work for You
  • Configuring apt for RPM Distributions
  • Configuring a yum Client
  • Setting Up a Yum Repository

6. GNU / Linux Advanced Administration

This book contains a set of tutorials and tips on advanced level Linux system administration. It’s an all in one solution for learning kernel, local, server, network, and data management.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction to the GNU / Linux OS
  • Migration and coexistence with non-Linux System
  • Basic tools for the Administrator
  • The Kernel
  • Local Administration
  • Network Administration
  • Server Administration
  • Data Administration
  • Security Administration
  • Configuration, tuning, and Optimization
  • Clustering

7. Linux From Scratch

This 345+ pages book is full of easy techniques and guides on building and setting up a Linux system starting from kernel setting, system partitioning, packages and patches, tools directory, network configuration, boot scripts up to the grub-setup process.

Table of Contents

  • How to Build an LFS System
  • Preparing a New Partition
  • Packages and Patches
  • Final Preparations
  • Constructing a Temporary System
  • Installing Basic System Software
  • Setting Up System Boot scripts
  • Making the LFS System Bootable

8. Linux Shell Scripting Cookbook

This book is provided with more than 101 tips and techniques to solve real-time shell scripting problems.

Table of Contents

  • Shell Something Out
  • Have a Good Command
  • File-In, File Out
  • Texting and Driving
  • Tangled Web? Not At All!
  • The Backup Plan
  • The Old-boy Network
  • Put on the Monitor’s Cap
  • Administration Calls

9. Linux 101 Hacks – Practical Examples to build a strong foundation on Linux

This 140+ pages book is an excellent source of tutorials on CD command hacks and offers a list of essential commands for Linux terminal. You will learn about shell scripting, system management task, bash scripting, and archive management tools.

Table of Contents

  • Powerful CD Command Hacks
  • Date Manipulation
  • SSH Client Commands
  • Essential Linux Commands
  • PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, and PROMPT_COMMAND
  • Colorful and Functional Shell Prompt Using PS1
  • Archive and Compression
  • Command Line History
  • System Administration Tasks
  • apachectl and Httpd Examples
  • Bash Scripting
  • System Monitoring and Performance

10. Shell Scripting: Expert Recipes for Linux, Bash, and More

Like the books mentioned above, this book starts with the Unix and Linux environment’s fundamental ingredients. By going through these guides and tutorials, you will extend the system tools and effectively handle the system administration via shell and bash scripting.

Table of Contents

  • About the Ingredients – Unix, GNU, Linux, Variables, Arrays, and Wildcard Expansion
  • Extending the system tools – File and Text manipulation
  • System Administration – Shell Features, Data storage, and retrieval

11. The Linux Knowledge Base and Tutorial

This book offers elementary and fundamental lessons of the Linux system for the newbies. It starts installing the Linux system, shell and bash scripting, file management, networking, and Linux system security management.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction to the operating system
  • Linux basic
  • Working with the system
  • Shells and Utilities
  • Editing Files
  • Basic Administration
  • The X windowing system
  • The computer itself
  • Networking
  • System Monitoring
  • Solving Basic Problems
  • Security
  • Installing and Upgrading

12. Managing Linux Systems with Webmin: System Administration and Module Development

This book is all about various system module management, including file sharing, schedule commands, boot up and shutdown, system log management, php server configuration, database setup, proxy server setup, cluster software management, and much more for the newbies for becoming an expert.

Table of Contents

  • System Modules
  • Server Modules
  • Cluster Modules
  • Webmin Modules
  • Developer’s Guide

13. Advanced Bash – Scripting Guide

In no other Linux Tutorial books you will be able to get all in one solution for learning Advanced Bash script except this one. It comes with many handy guides and tips to help you out from bash scripts’ practical problems.

Table of Contents

  • Shell Programming!
  • Starting With a Sha-Bang
  • Special Characters
  • Introduction to Variables and Parameters.
  • Quoting
  • Exit and Exit Status
  • Tests
  • Operations and Related Topics
  • Another Look at Variables
  • Manipulating Variables
  • Loops and Branches
  • Command Substitution
  • Arithmetic Expansion
  • Recess Time
  • Internal Commands and Builtins
  • External Filters, Programs, and Commands
  • System and Administrative Commands
  • Regular Expressions
  • Here Documents
  • I/O Redirection
  • Subshells
  • Restricted Shells.
  • Process Substitution
  • Functions
  • Aliases
  • List Constructs
  • Arrays
  • Indirect References
  • /dev and /proc
  • Network Programming
  • Zeros and Nulls
  • Debugging
  • Options.
  • Gotchas
  • Scripting With Style

14. Linux Dictionary

Linux system includes some very confusing and difficult to remember commands and words that help the administrators perform specific tasks effectively and efficiently. Here, this unique and versatile book will benefit both the newbies and professionals in understanding the Linux commands and a specified list of words of the Linux systems.

15. Linux Network Administrator’s Guide

If you are keenly interested in learning system security, various networking sets, Internet control message protocol, resolving the hostname, and much more, this piece of the book is perfect for you.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction to Networking
  • Issues of TCP/IP Networking
  • Configuring the Networking Hardware
  • Configuring the Serial Hardware
  • Configuring TCP/IP Networking
  • Name Service and Resolver Configuration
  • Serial Line IP
  • The Point−to−Point Protocol
  • TCP/IP Firewall
  • IP Accounting
  • IP Masquerade and Network Address Translation
  • Important Network Features
  • The Network Information System
  • The Network File System
  • IPX and the NCP Filesystem
  • Managing Taylor UUCP
  • Electronic Mail
  • Sendmail
  • Getting Exim Up and Running
  • Netnews
  • C News
  • NNTP and the nntpd Daemon
  • Internet News
  • Newsreader Configuration

16. Linux Filesystem Hierarchy

Linux files system is complex in nature and not easy to understand for the newbies. This 100+ pages book will teach you all about the complexity of Linux file management. You are going to undergo an enormous course of understanding /boot, /dev, /bin, /sbin, /root, /etc, and much more.

17. Pro Ubuntu Server Administration

Ubuntu is the best and most popular Linux distro for desktop and server development. Ubuntu runs the world’s most of the big and complicated servers. Ubuntu is well known for its robustness and security. So this book is a must-read for those who want to learn and manage Ubuntu server administration.

Table of Contents

  1. Performing an Advanced Ubuntu Server Installation
  2. Using Ubuntu Server for System Imaging
  3. Performance Monitoring
  4. Performance Optimization
  5. Advanced File System Management
  6. Network Monitoring
  7. Creating an Open Source SAN
  8. Configuring OpenLDAP
  9. Integrating Samba
  10. Configuring Ubuntu Server As a Mail Server
  11. Managing Ubuntu Server Security
  12. Configuring Ubuntu Server As a VPN Server
  13. Configuring Kerberos and NTP on Ubuntu Server
  14. Ubuntu Server Troubleshooting

18. Pocket Linux Guide

With the help of these Linux tutorial books, you will learn the Linux system starting from the basics and fundamental topics up to very complex theories with easy and step by practical step examples.

Table of Contents

  • Project Initiation
  • A Simple Prototype
  • Saving Space
  • Some Basic Utilities
  • Checking and Mounting Disks
  • Automating Startup & Shutdown
  • Enabling Multiple Users.
  • Filling in the Gaps
  • Project Wrap Up

19. Securing and Optimizing Linux: The Ultimate Solution

Learning the necessary things about Linux installation, upgrading, and file management will not be proper and enough for those who want to make their careers on a Linux system. They need to acquire advanced level knowledge, including system management and backups, secure the network, and optimize Linux for the best results. Try to grab this book now to learn and fulfill the future requirements for a Linux based career.

Table of Contents

  • Installation Related Reference
  • Security and Optimization Related Reference
  • Networking Related Reference
  • Cryptography & Authentication Related Reference
  • Monitoring & System Integrity Related Reference
  • Management & Limitation Related Reference
  • Domain Name System Related Reference
  • Mail Transfer Agent Related Reference
  • Internet Message Access Protocol Related Reference
  • Database Server Related Reference
  • Gateway Server Related Reference
  • Other Server Related Reference
  • Backup Related Reference

20. The Linux Programmer’s Guide

This book is called the “swiss army knife” for learning the Unix and Linux system. With this tutorial book’s help, you will be solving all the complex mechanisms of the Linux-based machine.

Table of Contents

  • The Linux operating system
  • The Linux kernel
  • The Linux libc package
  • System Calls
  • The “swiss army knife” ioctl
  • Linux Interprocess Communications
  • Sound Programming
  • Character Cell Graphics
  • Programming I/O ports
  • Porting applications to Linux

21. The Linux Kernel Module Programming Guide

This book will not find any basic information on the Linux system; rather, this deals with a fundamental core component of Unix or Linux base, Kernel module programming. If you like Linux and want to make your dream career, then I would like to recommend this book to start with. First, learn the core and afterward go for what you like to go.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction – What Is A Kernel Module
  • Hello – The Simplest Module
  • Preliminaries – Modules vs. Programs
  • Character Device Files
  • The /proc File System
  • Using /proc For Input
  • Talking to Device Files (writes and IOCTLs)
  • System Calls
  • Blocking Processes
  • Replacing Printks
  • Scheduling Tasks
  • Interrupt Handlers
  • Symmetric Multi-Processing
  • Common Pitfalls

22. The Linux System Administrator’s Guide

Various parts of a Linux system, different modules of a kernel, the Unix system’s primary services, the Linux directory system, data management, swap, virtual memory management, and many more guides and easy tutorials are there in this book. So why do you wait? Just download the book and start learning.

Table of Contents

  • Overview of a Linux System
  • Overview of the Directory Tree
  • Hardware, Devices, and Tools
  • Using Disks and Other Storage Media
  • Memory Management
  • System Monitoring
  • Boots And Shutdowns
  • Init
  • Logging In And Out
  • Managing user accounts
  • Backups
  • Keeping Time

23. Just Enough Linux – Learning about Linux One Command at a Time

What are Linux and command? This book teaches you about all the fundamental things of a Linux system with these very basic and core queries. Linux directory structure, file editing, scripting, command cheat sheet, and regular expression cheat sheet are included in these courses.

Table of Contents

  • Linux Concepts
  • Linux Commands
  • Command Cheat Sheet
  • Directory Structure Cheat Sheet
  • Regular Expression Cheat Sheet
  • ‘find’ Cheat Sheet

24. Linux Fundamentals

Just grabs this book. This book is all one tutorial wiki for all the major Linux distributions. It starts with Linux history, describes all the significant distros, including Debian, Redhat, Fedora, Ubuntu, and others, and what to choose.

In this book, you will be getting all the tips and tricks to install various Linux distros. Moreover, Linux file management, directory structure, command and shell scripting, and much more are the core component of this book. More Than 300+ pages teach you everything about Linux and all the major distros in detail.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction to Linux
  • Installing Linux
  • First steps on the command line
  • Shell expansion
  • Pipes and commands
  • Introduction to vi
  • Scripting
  • Local user management
  • File security

25. Little Orange Ubuntu Book – Ubuntu 101

This book is solely for Ubuntu users. If you are new to Ubuntu, this particular book will help you start from the basic installation, upgrading, manual disk partitioning, installing the required software, ubuntu tweaking, and much more.

Table of Contents

  • Ubuntu, your options, and is it right for you?
  • Installing Ubuntu
  • Installing Software
  • Tweaking Ubuntu
  • Getting Under The Hood of Ubuntu

26. The Official Ubuntu Book

This book is for the Ubuntu freak. It let you know about the history and emerge of the ubuntu system. Moreover, it makes you an advanced and powerful user of Ubuntu distros by teaching you how to install Ubuntu, tweak the system for productivity, use a terminal, keyboard shortcut, learn unity dash, installing an application from the repository, get acquainted with the server administration, and a lot more.

Table of Contents

  • The Ubuntu Story
  • Installing Ubuntu
  • Getting Started with Ubuntu
  • Becoming an Ubuntu Power User
  • Finding and Installing Ubuntu Applications
  • Customizing Ubuntu for Performance, Accessibility, and Fun
  • Welcome to the Command Line
  • The Ubuntu Server
  • Ubuntu-related Projects and Derivatives

27. Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference

Why is Ubuntu so special and popular? Do you really want to know? You have come to the right place and download this book. You will be getting all the information about the Ubuntu system and the answer to why Ubuntu is the best Linux distros out there.

Moreover, this book will teach you how to install and configure Ubuntu for the first time, set up users and file management, tweak the desktop environment for the best productivity, use command into the terminal, etc.

Table of Contents

  • A brief introduction of Linux Kernel and Ubuntu
  • Installing Ubuntu
  • Configuring Ubuntu
  • Getting to grips with the desktop
  • Users and the filesystem
  • Hands‐on at the command‐line
  • Software management
  • Securing the system


I hope, above all, the Linux Tutorial books will help you to get known about the Linux system and how it works from the beginning to the advanced expert level. It will help you make a career in Linux software development, and of course, if you want, you can also help others by effectively distributing your Linux knowledge.

Because self-learning is the best learning, and Knowledge is increased by sharing with others. So let’s change the world with the open-source, free Linux system into something useful and valuable for our future generation.

So this is all about Linux learning by self-reading the Free Linux books. Did you like the List of Free Linux Tutorial books? Did I miss to include any good and quality Linux Tutorial and Learning Ebooks? Please let me know in the comment section, and I will be adding that to the list.