How can I scroll in bash using only the keyboard? If it's not possible in bash, are there any other shells that support this?

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In "terminal" (not a graphic emulator like gterm), Shift+PageUp and Shift+PageDown work.

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    Shift+Uparrow and shift+Downarrow also work for line at a time scrolling. – Joe Jan 13 '13 at 7:03
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    for me its ctrl-shift+Uparrow – Fzs2 Sep 9 '16 at 10:43
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    Ctrl + Shift + Up/Downarrow works for ubuntu 16.04 TSL – Tuan Oct 30 '19 at 2:42

I use the default terminal in Ubuntu 14 (bash) and to scroll by page it is Shift + PageUp or Shift + PageDown to go up/down a whole page.

Ctrl + Shift + Up or Ctrl + Shift + Down to go up/down by line.

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This depends on your terminal emulator, not the shell you are using. I personally use GNU Screen. From the description:

Screen is a full-screen window manager that multiplexes a physical terminal between several processes, typically interactive shells.

You can use C-a [ to enter scrollback mode. From here, you can scroll with the keyboard and even copy and paste. The mode can be exited from by using the Esc key.

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Keyboard: Apple/Mac

Terminal/Emu: OSX Terminal

Shell: bash

fn + up_arrow: page up
fn + down_arrow: page down
cmd + up_arrow: line up
cmd + down_arrow: line down
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    This adds nothing, appears to be mac specific (which would not be a bad thing if properly marked as such), and does not apply to bash but to the terminal emulator (which would be useful if we knew what it was). – hildred Aug 8 '15 at 15:51
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    I have no key marked fn, nor one marked cmd. – Anthon Aug 8 '15 at 17:32
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    @Anthon Because you don't use a mac? OP never specified operating system in the question. – DisplayName Jan 2 '16 at 14:03
  • for ITerm you can use either fn with either shift, command, or option plus the arrows for direction – lacostenycoder Feb 27 '19 at 19:19
  • cmd + up is helpful 👍 – killscreen Mar 10 '19 at 6:07

On FreeBSD, you can use Scroll Lock to toggle screen scrolling mode. Press it once, then use Up/Down, PgUp/PgDown, Home/End to scroll. Press it again to jump back down and resume typing.

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In most terminals that I known you can use Shift+PageUp and Shift+DownDown for scrolling. Note that some terminals don't support scrolling, or use a very limited history buffer. In the latter case, you may want to increase the limit, if it is configurable.

As an alternative, use a pager; for example, less.

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If you use VirtureBoxVM on Mac OS, press SHIFT + fn + up_arrow ( or down_arrow) to roll.

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Linux on Apple / Mac Keyboard (at least on MacBook Pro)

  • Page-up: shift+fn+UpArrow
  • Page-down: shift+fn+DownArrow
  • Line-up: shift+control+UpArrow
  • Line-down: shift+control+DownArrow
  • Home: shift+fn+LeftArrow
  • End: shift+fn+RightArrow
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I access a container via an Ubuntu 16.04 LTS terminal, from a Windows machine. I needed to use space (when inside a bash session on a Docker container running Linux Ubuntu).

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    Please consider adding some more information on the virtual environment of your container (such as OS type/version, bash version etc.) so that readers may better assess the applicability of your answer to their specific situation. – AdminBee Jan 16 at 8:15

There is an another way to show everything in terminal organized write to the last to any command " | less " and by clicking SPACE BUTTON you can scroll down an up.


  • ps aux
  • ps aux | less

  • ps fax

  • ps fax | less
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I don't have PgUp so I use Fn+Shift+UpArrow

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