Seperti halnya head, tail adalah perintah untuk menampilkan isi sebuah file.

Perbedaan dari head adalah jika head menampilkan dari atas, maka tail menampilkan mulai dari bawah.

tail --help
 Usage: tail [OPTION]… [FILE]…
 Print the last 10 lines of each FILE to standard output.
 With more than one FILE, precede each with a header giving the file name.
 With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.
 Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.
   -c, --bytes=K            output the last K bytes; alternatively, use -c +K
                            to output bytes starting with the Kth of each file
   -f, --follow[={name|descriptor}]
                            output appended data as the file grows;
                            -f, --follow, and --follow=descriptor are
                            equivalent
   -F                       same as --follow=name --retry
   -n, --lines=K            output the last K lines, instead of the last 10;
                            or use -n +K to output lines starting with the Kth
       --max-unchanged-stats=N
                            with --follow=name, reopen a FILE which has not
                            changed size after N (default 5) iterations
                            to see if it has been unlinked or renamed
                            (this is the usual case of rotated log files).
                            With inotify, this option is rarely useful.
       --pid=PID            with -f, terminate after process ID, PID dies
   -q, --quiet, --silent    never output headers giving file names
       --retry              keep trying to open a file even when it is or
                              becomes inaccessible; useful when following by
                              name, i.e., with --follow=name
   -s, --sleep-interval=N   with -f, sleep for approximately N seconds
                              (default 1.0) between iterations.
                              With inotify and --pid=P, check process P at
                              least once every N seconds.
   -v, --verbose            always output headers giving file names
       --help     display this help and exit
       --version  output version information and exit
 If the first character of K (the number of bytes or lines) is a '+',
 print beginning with the Kth item from the start of each file, otherwise,
 print the last K items in the file.  K may have a multiplier suffix:
 b 512, kB 1000, K 1024, MB 10001000, M 10241024,
 GB 100010001000, G 102410241024, and so on for T, P, E, Z, Y.
 With --follow (-f), tail defaults to following the file descriptor, which
 means that even if a tail'ed file is renamed, tail will continue to track
 its end.  This default behavior is not desirable when you really want to
 track the actual name of the file, not the file descriptor (e.g., log
 rotation).  Use --follow=name in that case.  That causes tail to track the
 named file in a way that accommodates renaming, removal and creation.
 Report tail bugs to bug-coreutils@gnu.org
 GNU coreutils home page: http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/
 General help using GNU software: http://www.gnu.org/gethelp/
 For complete documentation, run: info coreutils 'tail invocation'

Implementasi dari tail ini bisa sangat banyak dan sangat berguna dalam pengoperasian linux terutama bagi administrator