TLDR: man, abbreviated.


Do you find the man pages boring to read? Do you <Shift-g> to the end hunting for some real usage examples? Probably many Linux users do the same. Sometimes it makes sense, when you don’t need to re-understand the wheel. That’s why you should try the TLDR pages.

TLDR pages is a very useful and growing project that works as an alternative to the man pages with straightforward examples on how to use a command. You read it right, one-liner about the command and lots of useful examples.

TLDR pages is on GitHub. If you don’t find a command or example usage that you think could help others, you can submit a patch right away!

Note that TLDR pages are available only for commands, not for libc functions or similar projects. The commands are divided into 4 broad sections: common, Linux, Mac and Windows.


TLDR has a web client.

If you want to install a local client that runs from the cmdline, there are many alternatives. For Ubuntu we picked the following:

  1. bash client
    $ sudo curl -o /usr/local/bin/tldr
    $ sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/tldr
  2. python client
    $ sudo pip install

By default the pages are fetched from the web. So you just need to install any of the clients.


To fetch the TLDR page for ls, run:

$ tldr ls

You can check the help section of the client commands for more options like list all pages, output color, rebuild index, fetch from git master branch etc.


Features: 4.5/5
Usability: 5/5

Webpage: TLDR pages

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