bzmore – View the Contents of a Bzip2 Compressed Text File

The bzmore command is a Linux command-line utility that allows you to view the contents of a bzip2 compressed text file. This command is similar to the more command but is designed to work with bzip2 compressed files.


The basic syntax for using the bzmore command is as follows:

bzmore [options] filename.bz2

In the above command, filename.bz2 is the name of the bzip2 compressed file you want to view. Here are some examples of how to use the bzmore command:

bzmore file1.bz2

This will display the contents of the file1.bz2 file on the screen.

bzmore -c file1.bz2 | grep "search term"

This will search for the specified search term in the file1.bz2 file.

bzmore -d file1.bz2

This will decompress and display the contents of the file1.bz2 file.


The following table lists the available options for the bzmore command:

Option Description
-c Send output to standard output instead of the screen.
-d Decompress the bzip2 file before displaying its contents.
-h Display a help message and exit.
-V Display version information and exit.

Troubleshooting Tips

Here are some troubleshooting tips for common issues with the bzmore command:

  • If you receive an error message saying that the bzmore command is not found, make sure that you have the bzip2 package installed on your system.
  • If you are having trouble viewing the contents of a bzip2 compressed file, try decompressing the file using the -d option before using the bzmore command.


  • The bzmore command can be used in combination with other Linux commands, such as grep or sed, to search for specific information within a compressed file.
  • The bzmore command is similar to the zmore command, which is used to view the contents of gzip compressed files.