Is there a command in the Windows DOS prompt that is equivalent to the UNIX less or more?

Basically, the problem is that when I type hg log, the output has too many lines to fit on the screen and I want to paginate it.

Any ideas on how to solve this problem?

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    less: greenwoodsoftware.com/less it is part of the gnuwin32 set of ports for windows: gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages.html – MaQleod May 19 '12 at 2:41
  • what is wrong with the "more" command that has been a part of the command interpreter for as long as I can remember? I am guessing DOS 5.x and Winnt 3.x AT LEAST and newer. Did you even TRY to use the more command as you would in linux?? IT WORKS. – Señor CMasMas Mar 3 at 18:06

Windows has the command more. E.g. (Taken from Wikipedia)

To display the file named letter.txt on the screen, the user can type either of the following two commands:

 more < letter.txt
 type letter.txt | more 

So in your case you want hg log | more.

For heavier usage you will want something like UnxUtils or GnuWin32, which have a more powerful less utility.

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    Yea, but the Windoze version only pauses the screen for a page at a time. You can't page up and down through the output. I've never used gow (mentioned in another reply) but I use UnxUtils every day. I love having grep, more, head, tail, sed, wc and other tools in Windoze. – Tom May 19 '12 at 2:35
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    @Tom: That is what more does on *nix as well. less is the one with backwards scrolling support, as you've noticed. – Daniel Andersson May 20 '12 at 21:31
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    Get less. less is more. – hookenz Mar 4 '19 at 20:21
  • unfortunately, hg diff | less and hg diff | more don't preserve color highlighting, so unlike with git, with hg one either has colorful text or scrolling... (tested on Win 10 x64, with less from UnxUtils, in cmd) – YakovL Mar 12 '19 at 12:25

On Windows 10, you can install the Windows Subsystem for Linux:

The Windows Subsystem for Linux lets developers run Linux environments -- including most command-line tools, utilities, and applications -- directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a virtual machine.

Once installed, start bash.exe and run less /mnt/c/temp/test.txt to open the file test.txt located in c:\temp.

  • This is the most up-to-date answer here! – Param Siddharth Oct 15 '20 at 2:37

If you don't mind installing additional software gow is a nice toolkit with a set of standalone unix style tools that you can use, including less and more - it requires an install since it adds itself to path, but you can copy and use the install directory elsewhere as well.

  • This toolkit is epic! less, grep, wget, curl, ssh, whereis.. and many more standard unix console tools, directly in windows CMD! and only 18MB.. windows CMD is now actually useful – Michelrandahl May 27 '16 at 11:01

Up-to-date less build for Windows is here: http://adoxa.altervista.org/less/index.html


Here you can find up-to-date less builds for Windows: https://github.com/jftuga/less-Windows/releases

This are the reccomended Windows builds on the less official download page.


I install a ready-to-run less via choco:

choco install less


It uses the binary generated by the aforementioned less-Windows

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