You can not select more than 25 topics Topics must start with a letter or number, can include dashes ('-') and can be up to 35 characters long. 538acb9b7e master->main 1 month ago
LICENSE Restored original MIT license 5 years ago master->main 1 month ago
tldr master->main 1 month ago
tldr-customize.jpg Limited support for languages, missing index.json for other languages. 4 years ago
tldr-lint Retire for 10 months ago
tldr-list.jpg Release 0.37 5 years ago
tldr-markdown-new.jpg Release 0.37 5 years ago
tldr-markdown.jpg Release 0.37 5 years ago
tldr-page.gif Better gif 6 years ago
tldr-page.jpg Release 0.37 5 years ago
tldr-search.jpg Limited support for languages, missing index.json for other languages. 4 years ago
tldr-usage.jpg Limited support for languages, missing index.json for other languages. 4 years ago


  • version 0.4.11

Bash client for tldr: community driven man-by-example

A fully-functional bash client for the tldr project, providing poignant examples of terminal commands.

tldr page gif

This client can render both the old and the new tldr markup format.


Download the tldr bash script to the install location:

L=/usr/local/bin/tldr  # elevated privileges needed for some locations
sudo wget -qO $L
sudo chmod +x $L

If the location is not in $PATH, you need to specify the path to run it.

tldr page screenshot tldr usage screenshot


coreutils, grep, unzip, curl / wget, less (optional)

tldr search screenshot

Output customisation

tldr customize screenshot

The 5 elements in TLDR markup that can be styled with these colors and backgrounds (last one specified will be used) and modes (more can apply):

  • Colors: Black, Red, Green, Yellow, Blue, Magenta, Cyan, White
  • BG: BlackBG, RedBG, GreenBG, YellowBG, BlueBG, MagentaBG, CyanBG, WhiteBG
  • Modes: Bold, Underline, Italic, Inverse

Newline can be added to the style list to add a newline before the element and Space to add a space at the start of the line (style items are separated by space, lower/uppercase mixed allowed):

  • TLDR_TITLE_STYLE (defaults to: Newline Space Bold Yellow)
  • TLDR_DESCRIPTION_STYLE (defaults to: Space Yellow)
  • TLDR_EXAMPLE_STYLE (defaults to: Newline Space Bold Green)
  • TLDR_CODE_STYLE (defaults to: Space Bold Blue)
  • TLDR_VALUE_ISTYLE (defaults to: Space Bold Cyan)

The Value style (above) is an Inline style: doesn't take Newline or Space

Inline styles for help text: default, URL, option, platform, command, header:

  • TLDR_DEFAULT_ISTYLE (defaults to: White)
  • TLDR_URL_ISTYLE (defaults to: Yellow)
  • TLDR_HEADER_ISTYLE (defaults to: Bold)
  • TLDR_OPTION_ISTYLE (defaults to: Bold Yellow)
  • TLDR_PLATFORM_ISTYLE (defaults to: Bold Blue)
  • TLDR_COMMAND_ISTYLE (defaults to: Bold Cyan)
  • TLDR_FILE_ISTYLE (defaults to: Bold Magenta)

Color/BG (Newline and Space also allowed) for error and info messages:

  • TLDR_ERROR_COLOR (defaults to: Newline Space Red)
  • TLDR_INFO_COLOR (defaults to: Newline Space Green)

How many days before freshly downloading a potentially stale page:

  • TLDR_EXPIRY (defaults to 7) Alternative location of pages cache:
  • TLDR_CACHE (not set by default) Usage of 'less' or 'cat' for output (set to '0' for cat):
  • TLDR_LESS (1 by default; if set to 0 cat will be used) Force current OS or not:
  • TLDR_OS (overrides what is read by uname -s) Force preferred language: ISO639 format (2 lowercase letters):
  • TLDR_LANG (not set by default, $LANG is used from environment)
tldr list screenshot


When the following lines are added to ~/.bashrc or run in the current session, then tldr will autocomplete, which means possible tldr page names will be suggested when tapping the Tab key twice on an incomplete tldr page name:

cachedir=~/.local/share/tldr/pages # Or whatever else the location of the tldr cache is
complete -W "$(q=($cachedir/*/*); sed 's@\.md @ @g' <<<${q[@]##*/})" tldr
tldr new markdown screenshot


  • version 0.11

Linter for new syntax tldr source files

Usage: tldr-lint [-h|--help] [-V|--version] [-q|--quiet] [<dir>] [<file>]
          - All *.md files under <dir> and subdirectories are checked
          - <file> is checked regardless of extension
          -q, --quiet:    No output means check is OK
          -V, --version:  Display version
          -h, --help:     Display this help text
tldr markdown screenshot


coreutils, sed, grep, find


Please file an issue for a question, a bug or a feature request. Or even better, send a pull request!

tldr-bash-client gitlab page


Original tldr client in bash by Ray Lee (MIT license)

The tldr-bash-client is relicensed under GPLv3+ and tldr-lint is GPLv3+ as well.