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A Node.js based command-line client for tldr.

$ npm install -g tldr

Note: TLDR is still in early versions. We try to minimise breaking changes, but if you run into issues please try to download the latest package again.

To see tldr pages:

  • tldr <command> show examples for this command
  • tldr --list show all available pages
  • tldr --random show a page at random
  • tldr --random-example show a single random example

The client caches a copy of all pages locally, in ~/.tldr. There are more commands to control the local cache:

  • tldr --update download the latest pages
  • tldr --clear-cache delete the entire local cache

As a contributor, you might also need the following commands:

  • tldr --render <path> render a local page for testing purposes

You can configure the tldr client by adding a .tldrrc file in your HOME directory. This file has to be valid JSON:

  "colors": {
    "text": "green",
    "command-background": "black",
    "command-foreground": "red",
    "command-token": "white"

As a contributor, you can also point to your own fork or branch:

  "repository" : "myfork/tldr",
  // or 
  "repository" : "myfork/tldr#mybranch",  

Contribution are most welcome! Have a look over here for a few rough guidelines.