If your work involves running tools and scripts on the Linux command line, I am sure there are a lot of commands you would be running each day. Those new to the command line should know there exists a tool – dubbed history – that gives you a list of commands you’ve executed earlier.

In this tutorial, we will discuss the basics of the history command using some easy to understand examples. But before we do that, it’s worth mentioning that all examples here have been tested on an Ubuntu 16.04LTS machine.

Linux history command

If you know how to effectively utilize your command line history, you can save a lot of time on daily basis. Following are some Q&A-styled examples that should give you a good idea on how you can use the history command to your benefit.

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