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agr - Man Page

Displays AmigaGuide files in a terminal


agr guidefile


AmigaGuide Reader (agr for short) is a command line program for viewing AmigaGuide files, the native documentation format commonly used on the Amiga platform and its clones. It supports the complete v39 specification and a significant part of the v40 specification. AmigaGuide files traditionally use the .guide filename suffix.




In summary, agr primarily uses the TAB, CURSOR, SPACE and RETURN keys for navigation. An exhaustive list follows.

q or ^C

Quits agr.

CURSOR keys or i,j,k,l

Scroll the document up, down, left or right in cases where it is wider or longer than your terminal


Scrolls the document up or down by one complete page, equal to the height of your terminal.

HOME or g

Jumps to the top of the document node.

END or G

Jumps to the bottom of the document node.


Display the highlighted document node link.


Highlight the next visible node link.


Highlight the previous visible node link.


Display the Help Node if the AmigaGuide file has one defined. If you are using a terminal emulator under X(1), it may trap this key rendering it unavailable.


Display the Index Node if the AmigaGuide file has one defined.


Display the Table of Contents Node if the AmigaGuide file has one defined.


Display the next  or previous document node. Please note, the next or previous document node does not follow the logical layout of the AmigaGuide document as it is displayed, but refers to the next or previous document node as sequentially written in the AmigaGuide file.


Increase or decrease the TAB size (tabstop) by the equivalent of one space.


Display the current TAB size (tabstop) in the lower right hand corner.


Refresh the display.


Display any meta data stored in the AmigaGuide file.


Displays the contents of any broken links.


Displays the current line number in the lower right hand corner.


Attempt to use native Amiga colouring for coloured text.

ANSI colours on the Amiga are not standardised but depend upon the current colourmap and palette in use. Thus if the user changes the colours used by their desktop environment, the ANSI colours change too. This command attempts to convert the colours displayed in agr from standard ANSI colours to those one would see by default on AmigaOS 2.0+. See the conversion table below.

Colour Table

#: ANSI       Amiga
0: Black   -> Light Grey
1: Red     -> Black
2: Green   -> White
3: Yellow  -> Light Blue
4: Blue    -> Yellow
5: Magenta -> Blue
6: Cyan    -> Green
7: White   -> Red


Written by Thierry Pierron.
Additional patches by Hans de Goede.
This man page was written by Ian Chapman.


Does not support the complete v40 specification.
AREXX node links are not supported (rarely used feature).
System command node links are not supported (rarely used feature).

This software is not actively updated, but patches or bug fixes are welcome and should be sent to <packages@amiga-hardware.com>.


Amiga filepaths are similar but differ slightly from UNIX file paths. In some cases this may lead to external files referenced by the AmigaGuide file as not being found. However agr tries several techniques to avoid this.

Amiga filenames are case insensitive so unless the correct case has been used in the AmigaGuide file, externally referenced files may not be found.

See Also

The full documentation for agr is available as an HTML file in addition to an AmigaGuide file which should have been installed alongside agr.