Less: Quickly Jump to Line Number in Large File


I'm struggling to figure out a way to do this…I'm using less to view a large (~1GB) file. I want to jump to line "$n" in the file – preferably without having to wait for lines 1-($n-1) to scroll by in my terminal.

I would do this in vim using something like this:

localhost:~# vim myfile +$n

Is there an equivalent command line option? If not, is there a way to do this once the file is open in less?

Best Answer

If the file is open you can type:

  • 100g to go to the 100th line.

  • 50p to go to 50% into the file.

  • 100P to go to the line containing 100th byte.

You can use these from terminal by adding + in front of them:

less +100g bigfile.txt