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Less is a CLI pager, a program that displays text files. Other pagers commonly in use are more and pg. Less is similar to more, but allows backward movement in the file as well as forward movement. Also, less does not have to read the entire input file before starting, so with large input files it starts up faster than text editors like vi.


  • If you are using PSCX, you must override its internally distributed less version using the following in your $PROFILE: ($Pscx:Preferences).PageHelpUsingLess = $false

To install Less, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install less

To upgrade Less, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade less


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    Verification is intended to assist the Chocolatey moderators and community
    in verifying that this package's contents are trustworthy.
    Package can be verified like this:
    1. Go to
       to download the zip package.
    2. You can use one of the following methods to obtain the checksum:
       - Use powershell function 'Get-FileHash'
       - Use Chocolatey utility 'checksum.exe'
       checksum32: 8EC4EB52B6F8CEDF48D18491FD161EA9039BA40FDBD8FB466AA978C55CF5A372
  • tools\checksums.txt Show
    Hash: RIPEMD160
    MD5(less.exe)= 9c6b70bed82bf25aad32001529d647ab
    SHA1(less.exe)= 593ef8dd02a6d702464443f00670bcfee1df401e
    SHA256(less.exe)= 5b1269121a8bcc5eee2b54a4fb412826d7867f8051373ec38e2510c2e63eae51
    MD5(lesskey.exe)= 58bb7abb5657e6cbaf4db064e342327d
    SHA1(lesskey.exe)= 7713f607295e290c8b049f7e149ffbb1b9ab5996
    SHA256(lesskey.exe)= 49921affbb938886e618e880768a0fce40eab7019fd68aab4a82f074a7718917
    -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----
  • tools\copying
  • tools\less.exe Show
    md5: 9C6B70BED82BF25AAD32001529D647AB | sha1: 593EF8DD02A6D702464443F00670BCFEE1DF401E | sha256: 5B1269121A8BCC5EEE2B54A4FB412826D7867F8051373EC38E2510C2E63EAE51 | sha512: BE758016B37F7AF16765D83C920FF9A6B0E5D30E3F83DDE96075C4A95F0D237D1ECEE658580C2305BA06124AB770A2E328476FE9D8AD2FCAF9A661D5A57E5E2E
  • tools\lesskey.exe Show
    md5: 58BB7ABB5657E6CBAF4DB064E342327D | sha1: 7713F607295E290C8B049F7E149FFBB1B9AB5996 | sha256: 49921AFFBB938886E618E880768A0FCE40EAB7019FD68AAB4A82F074A7718917 | sha512: CE0B438E662FA232F38C7427D61DE9DAEA7A6AAD6E104B97EACDD14EFBF684D5EE22B67344CA6F62221C4F9D6BB4AA07181ADCDB2E30F2EF7A1C6C1BC1F0FBE9
  • tools\license
  • tools\news
  • tools\readme

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Mark Nudelman


Release Notes

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
Less 5.50 262 Wednesday, June 12, 2019 approved
Less 5.48 1067 Thursday, February 14, 2019 approved
Less 5.29 1997 Sunday, January 28, 2018 approved
Less 5.27 241 Monday, January 22, 2018 approved
Less for Windows 4.87 1332 Friday, April 14, 2017 approved
Less for Windows 4.81.1 881 Thursday, June 30, 2016 approved
Less for Windows 4.81 439 Saturday, February 6, 2016 approved
Less for Windows 3.94 1200 Monday, November 11, 2013  

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