A python client for tldr: simplified and community-driven man pages.
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Yet another python client for tldr.


tldr.py is a python client for tldr: simplified and community-driven man pages. Instead of the long man pages:


tldr will give you several simple yet powerful examples:


The command examples are not good? Don't worry, you can set up your own 'tldr'! They are just markdown files and you can modify them at your ease. Don't forget to Share them with the community!

One more thing, tldr is just a simple version for the man page, it's NOT an alternative. Sometimes, you should read the man pages patiently ;)

Features highlight

  • use local file, fast.
  • support custom the output color.
  • support fetch the latest tldr pages.
  • support rebuild the index.


$ (sudo) pip install tldr.py



  • firstly, clone the tldr repo to somewhere(e.g. ~/code/tldr). We will use it when we look for a command usage.

    $ cd ~/code
    $ git clone git@github.com:tldr-pages/tldr.git
  • then, init the configuration file, the default location for the configuration file is your home directory, you can use the TLDR_CONFIG_DIR environment variable to point it to another folder(e.g. $HOME/.config)

    $ tldr init
    Input the tldr repo path(absolute path): (e.g. /home/lord63/code/tldr/)
    Input your platform(linux, osx or sunos): (e.g. linux)
    Initializing the config file at ~/.tldrrc

and you configuration file should look like this:

   command: cyan
   description: blue
   usage: green
platform: linux
repo_directory: /home/lord63/code/tldr

Don't worry about the colors option, it is for the output when you look for a command, you can custom it by yourself.(Note that the color should be in ['black', 'red', 'green', 'yellow', 'blue', 'magenta', 'cyan', 'white'])

  • finally, build the index. Tldr.py will find the command via the index.json. After a new fresh clone or when you add some new pages, remember to rebuild the index.

    $ tldr reindex
    Rebuild the index.

Use tldr

look for a command usage:

$ tldr find {{command}}

check for updates(so that we can get the latest man pages):

$ tldr update

rebuild the index.json after you add some new pages:

$ tldr reindex

locate the command man page:

$ tldr locate {{command}}

Or you can use tldr --help to get the help message.


Q: I want to add some custom command usages to a command, how to do it?

A: Find the location of the command page; add the command usages; done.

Q: I want to add some custom command pages, how?

A: Add the command pages to the right folder(e.g. /tldrrepo/pages/linux); rebuild the index; done.

Q: I don't like the default color theme, how to change it?

A: Edit the tldr configuration file at ~/.tldrrc; modify the color until you're happy with it.

Q: I faided to update the tldr pages, why?

A: Actually, tldr.py just tries to pull the latest tldr pages for you, no magic behinds it. So the reason why you faided to update is that tldr.py failed to pull the latest upstream, check the failing output and you may know the reason, e.g. you make some changes and haven't commit them yet. You can pull the pages by hand so you can have a better control on it.

Q: Why use the git repo instead of the assets packaged by the official?

A: In fact, you can use the offical assets if you want, download the assets and extract it somewhere, but tldr.py don't support update it using tldr update.

Use a git repo, you can:

  • do the version control, yeah, use git.
  • better for customization, just edit the pages and add new pages, they belongs to you. You can even maintain your own 'tldr'. If use the official assets, you'll always get the latest pages.


  • It sucks? Why not help me improve it? Let me know the bad things.
  • Want a new feature? Feel free to file an issue for a feature request.
  • Find a bug? Open an issue please, or it's better if you can send me a pull request.

Contributions are always welcome at any time! 🍰