more or type or cat are three commands used to display the contents of a text file.

These commands can also be used with grep to search the contents for a specific string. This will display the line(s) which match the search string.

Even though all three commands do exactly the same thing, their behavior most closely emulates the more command. If there is more than one page of text, the following commands can be used to navigate:

Command Description
space show next page
b back one page
q quit
g go to top
G go to bottom
return down one line
j up one line
k up one line
/ search for a given string


"type" was originally used on MSDos, CP/M, VMS, AmigaDOS, and others.

"more" was originally used on Unix and Linux systems, though it can also be used on DOS.