How to Use the finger Command on Linux
Knowing who is using your Linux or Unix-like system is a fundamental part of managing it. Pointing at someone might be considered rude, but using your
finger can still be enlightening.
finger command almost certainly isn’t installed by default in your Linux distribution. It was absent on the Ubuntu, Fedora, and Manjaro distributions used to research this article. We’ve already covered the
pinky command, which is the lightweight version of
pinky is supplied by default, but if you want to use
fingerYou, yed to install it.
pinky commands perform the same sort of task. They both tell you some information about the currently logged in users on your Linux or Unix-like operating system. The sets of information they each provide are slightly different and
pinky has a few more options to progressively prune out the bits you might not want to see.
If you want to have your Linux setup up to be more “Unix-like” than “Linux-like,” you might want to use
finger. Perhaps you have inherited some scripts that expect
finger to be available. But regardless of the reason if you are forced to—or just prefer to—use
finger, here is how to install it and use it.
You can install
finger on Ubuntu with this command:
sudo apt-get install finger
finger on Fedora, use this command:
sudo dnf install finger