title: Bash Tail
## Bash Tail
tail is a program to display the tail end of a text file. If no option is given, tail shows the last 10 lines of a given file.
tail [options] [file_names]
Commonly used options:
-f– Display the last lines and then monitor the file. If new lines are added to the file, tail updates the display.
-F– Same as
-fbut if the file/log is rolled it will continue with the new file/log.
-c NUM– display the last
NUMbytes of the file.
-n NUM– display the last
NUMlines, instead of the last 10 Examples View the last several lines from file log.txt
#### View the last 15 lines from file log.txt
tail -n 15 log.txt
Show only the last line from file log.txt
tail -n1 log.txt
#### Show live changes from file log.txt
tail -f log.txt
### More Information
man tailfor more information on the tail command as well as a complete list of options.