Linux/UNIX System Programming Training

Course code: M7D-SP01

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Course overview

This course provides a deep understanding of the operating system architecture and low-level interfaces (principally, system calls and library functions) that are required to build system-level, multithreaded, and network applications on Linux and UNIX systems. The course consists of a mixture of detailed presentations coupled with a large number of carefully designed practical exercises that allow participants to apply the knowledge learned in the presentations.

By the completion of the course, participants will have the mastery needed to write complex system, network, and multithreaded applications on a Linux or UNIX system. Previous system programming experience (on Linux, UNIX, or any other operating system) is not required.

Note: previous system programming experience is not required.

Course details

For a detailed course outline, please look here.

The course employs a lecture+lab format.

Audience and prerequisites

The audience for this course is in practice rather diverse, and includes:

In order to get the most out of the course, participants should have:

Lab sessions

A significant part of the course is spent on practical exercises. The lab sessions also provide participants with the opportunity to obtain one-to-one assistance from the trainer on the course material and exercises.

Course materials

Course participants will receive two course books consisting of around 600 pages that include all of the slides used in the course. Some notable features of the course books are the following: TLPI front cover (small)

In addition to the course book, participants will receive a copy of The Linux Programming Interface, in either ebook or printed form (or, when possible, both).

The following samples give some idea of the course content and style of the course materials:

Onsite courses

For onsite courses at your location, please email regarding availability and pricing.

If you elect to have an onsite training course on your premises, it is possible to determine the length and content of the course. The length and content of tailored courses is determined by your choice of topics, typically based on a subset of the topics in The Linux Programming Interface. Relevant topics that are not in the "Standard" list are also possible; see Alternative Topics in the course outline, and contact me if you have specific requests.

Public courses: upcoming dates and pricing

Date Location Maximum participants
8-12 February 2021 Munich, Germany 12 Registration
To be announced San Francisco, USA 12 Registration

For public 5-day courses in Munich, GERMANY, the per-attendee price is €3000 + 19% German VAT (MWSt).

For public courses in San Francisco, the per-attendee price is US$3600 plus applicable local taxes.

The course price includes the cost of training materials as well as lunch and refreshments. Discounts are available for multiple attendees from the same company or organization; please inquire at for details.

About the trainer

Michael Kerrisk has a unique set of qualifications and experience that ensure that course participants receive training of a very high standard: Michael Kerrisk

For more information about the trainer, as well as many reasons why you might want to consider choosing training courses, please look here.


For further inquiries about the course, please contact us via one of the following methods:

Mailing list

If you would like to be added to a mailing list to receive notifications of public training courses that are scheduled in the future, send a mail (noting your location) to Likely future locations are Europe and USA West Coast, but other locations may also be possible, especially if they can be scheduled to coincide with an interesting conference.