wc (1)

Quick Reference

Count words, bytes, or lines.

  • Count lines in file:

wc -l {{file}}

  • Count words in file:

wc -w {{file}}

  • Count characters (bytes) in file:

wc -c {{file}}

  • Count characters in file (taking multi-byte character sets into account):

wc -m {{file}}

NAME

wc - print newline, word, and byte counts for each file

SYNOPSIS

wc [ OPTION]... [FILE]...
 
wc [ OPTION]... --files0-from=F

DESCRIPTION

Print newline, word, and byte counts for each FILE, and a total line if more than one FILE is specified. A word is a non-zero-length sequence of characters delimited by white space.
With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.
The options below may be used to select which counts are printed, always in the following order: newline, word, character, byte, maximum line length.
-c, --bytes
print the byte counts
-m, --chars
print the character counts
-l, --lines
print the newline counts
--files0-from=F
read input from the files specified by NUL-terminated names in file F; If F is - then read names from standard input
-L, --max-line-length
print the maximum display width
-w, --words
print the word counts
--help
display this help and exit
--version
output version information and exit

AUTHOR

Written by Paul Rubin and David MacKenzie.

REPORTING BUGS

GNU coreutils online help: <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
 
Report wc translation bugs to <https://translationproject.org/team/>

SEE ALSO

Full documentation at: <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/wc>
 
or available locally via: info '(coreutils) wc invocation'

Information

Source
Coreutils
OS/version
GNU coreutils 8.29.13-0a854
Source updated
December 2, 2018
Page created
February 9, 2018
Page generated
December 2, 2018