The TLDR (stands for “Too Long; Didn’t Read“. ) pages are summarized practical usage examples of commands on different operating systems including Linux. They simplify man pages by offering practical examples.


TLDR is an Internet slang, meaning a post, article, comment or anything such as a manual page was too long, and whoever used the phrase didn’t read it for that reason. The content of TLDR pages is openly available under the permissive MIT License.


How to Install TLDR Pages in Linux Systems


To conveniently access TLDR pages, you need to install one of the supported clients called Node.js, which is the original client for the tldr-pages project. We can install it from NPM by running.

$ sudo npm install -g tldr


TLDR also available as a Snap package, to install it, run.

$ sudo snap install tldr


After installing the TLDR client, you can view man pages of any command, for example tar command here (you can use any other command here):

$ tldr tar


Here is another example of accessing the summarized man page for ls command.

$ tldr ls


To list all commands for the chosen platform in the cache, use the -l flag.

$ tldr -l 


To list all supported commands in the cache, use the -a flag.

$ tldr -a


You can update or clear the local cache by running.

$ tldr -u #update local cache 
$ tldr -c  #clear local cache


To search pages using keywords, use the -s options, for example.

$ tldr -s  "list of all files, sorted by modification date"


To change the color theme (simple, base16, ocean), use the -t flag.

$ tldr -t ocean


You can also show a random command, with the -r flag.

$ tldr -r   


You can see a complete list of supported options by running.

$ tldr -h


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