Displays information about a user or users on a specified remote computer (typically a computer running UNIX) that is running the Finger service or daemon. The remote computer specifies the format and output of the user information display. Used without parameters, finger displays help.


finger [-l] [User] [@host] [...]


-l   : Displays user information in long list format.

User   : Specifies the user about which you want information. If you omit the User parameter, finger displays information about all users on the specified computer.

@ host   : Specifies the remote computer running the Finger service where you are looking for user information. You can specify a computer name or IP address.

/?   : Displays help at the command prompt.


  • Multiple User**@**host parameters can be specified.

  • You must prefix finger parameters with a hyphen (-) rather than a slash (/).

  • This command is available only if the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol is installed as a component in the properties of a network adapter in Network Connections

  • Windows 2000 and Windows XP do not provide a finger service.


To display information for user1 on the computer, type the following command:


To display information for all users on the computer, type the following command:


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Information that the user must supply


Elements that the user must type exactly as shown

Ellipsis (...)

Parameter that can be repeated several times in a command line

Between brackets ([])

Optional items

Between braces ({}); choices separated by pipe (|). Example: {even|odd}

Set of choices from which the user must choose only one

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