info [\,OPTION\/]... [\,MENU-ITEM\/...]


Read documentation in Info format.


-a, --all

use all matching manuals.

-k, --apropos=\,STRING\/

look up STRING in all indices of all manuals.

-d, --directory=\,DIR\/



remember user keystrokes in FILENAME.

-f, --file=\,MANUAL\/

specify Info manual to visit.

-h, --help

display this help and exit.


go to node pointed by index entry STRING.

-n, --node=\,NODENAME\/

specify nodes in first visited Info file.

-o, --output=\,FILE\/

output selected nodes to FILE.

-R, --raw-escapes

output "raw" ANSI escapes (default).


output escapes as literal text.


read initial keystrokes from FILE.

-O, --show-options, --usage

go to command-line options node.


(for debugging) use Info file pointers as-is.


recursively output menu items.

-v, --variable VAR=VALUE

assign VALUE to Info variable VAR.


use vi-like and less-like key bindings.


display version information and exit.

-w, --where, --location

print physical location of Info file.

-x, --debug=\,NUMBER\/

set debugging level (-1 for all).

The first non-option argument, if present, is the menu entry to start from; it is searched for in all `dir' files along INFOPATH. If it is not present, info merges all `dir' files and shows the result. Any remaining arguments are treated as the names of menu items relative to the initial node visited.

For a summary of key bindings, type h within Info.



show top-level dir menu

info info

show the general manual for Info readers

info info-stnd

show the manual specific to this Info program

info emacs

start at emacs node from top-level dir

info emacs buffers

start at buffers node within emacs manual

info --show-options emacs

start at node with emacs' command line options

info --subnodes -o out.txt emacs

dump entire manual to out.txt

info -f ./

show file ./, not searching dir


Email bug reports to [email protected], general questions and discussion to [email protected].

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Copyright © 2013 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>

This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


The full documentation for info is provided by the texinfo-doc-nonfree package as a Texinfo manual. If this package is installed at your site, the command

  • info info

should give you access to the complete manual. (Or, if you have Emacs, M-x info will lead to the manual.)