Linux Tutorial Series

Linux Tutorial Series – 69 – The file command

Here is the video version, if you prefer it:

The file command is used to guess the filetype based on files contents. (Ward, 2014)⁠

Here is an example of its usage:

mislav@mislavovo-racunalo:~/Documents$ file ls.txt

ls.txt: UTF-8 Unicode text

Hope you learned something new!


Ward, B. (2014). How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know (2nd ed.). No Starch Press. Page 20