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cal command in Linux with Examples

If a user wants a quick view of calendar in Linux terminal, cal is the command for you. By default, cal command shows current month calendar as output.

cal command is a calendar command in Linux which is used to see the calendar of a specific month or a whole year.


cal [ [ month ] year]

Rectangular bracket means it is optional, so if used without option, it will display a calendar of current month and year.

  • cal : Shows current month calendar on the terminal.
  • cal 08 2000 : Shows calendar of selected month and year.
  • cal 2018 : Shows the whole calendar of the year.
  • cal 2018 | more : But year may not be visible in the same screen use more with cal use spacebar to scroll down.
  • cal -3 : Shows calendar of previous, current and next month
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