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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


  • tools\readme
  • tools\news
  • tools\license
  • tools\lesskey.exe Show
    md5: FBDB01A42F68A82AB14CD3BF9DB6AD9D | sha1: 8F186E750466CD2A3EB145D6F5C67AD2607C5263 | sha256: 3DFA724026D4C7E4D49133DF903709F4A8EED191800941C73C48A9586D56DE36 | sha512: 2BD1D16B3E36C3E08FD69916800C9241F40FCCCF1DBACBF110E7EF377BE467D9BB1ED8263B78B0AE6005B912E3597D9220EE302307156C5443312C391AC5A1E1
  • tools\less.exe Show
    md5: D8ABD41FFB37E8AA2433726D9E36B004 | sha1: E8D8FAC339830034C03DC738771E38D659AA1C0D | sha256: E1965FFFE5EE9EF91F6ACA6D3F60392A7AA8E2B5188B566D794F90FD70AA7DB8 | sha512: 1CB400C0CD2949F225B7E094CC4BFAA9C39724D9B18F8C0CB67468E698B63EF30B063F2B5B7A525D65961D8C5CAB0853C3E379AEF1887B8CD31858D7D6C5A50D
  • tools\copying
  • tools\checksums.txt Show
    Hash: RIPEMD160
    MD5(less.exe)= d8abd41ffb37e8aa2433726d9e36b004
    SHA1(less.exe)= e8d8fac339830034c03dc738771e38d659aa1c0d
    SHA256(less.exe)= e1965fffe5ee9ef91f6aca6d3f60392a7aa8e2b5188b566d794f90fd70aa7db8
    MD5(lesskey.exe)= fbdb01a42f68a82ab14cd3bf9db6ad9d
    SHA1(lesskey.exe)= 8f186e750466cd2a3eb145d6f5c67ad2607c5263
    SHA256(lesskey.exe)= 3dfa724026d4c7e4d49133df903709f4a8eed191800941c73c48a9586d56de36
    -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----
  • legal\VERIFICATION.txt Show
    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: 4B71434C5B01022FF9FDD98F410EBA643CD05BFAE51161177FA6F0E894659969

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This package has no dependencies.

Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Mark Nudelman


Release Notes

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
Less 5.29 1981 Sunday, January 28, 2018 approved
Less 5.27 227 Monday, January 22, 2018 approved
Less for Windows 4.87 1318 Friday, April 14, 2017 approved
Less for Windows 4.81.1 865 Thursday, June 30, 2016 approved
Less for Windows 4.81 428 Saturday, February 6, 2016 approved
Less for Windows 3.94 1192 Monday, November 11, 2013  

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