fold - Man Page

wrap each input line to fit in specified width

Examples (TL;DR)


fold [OPTION]... [FILE]...


Wrap input lines in each FILE, writing to standard output.

With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

-b,  --bytes

count bytes rather than columns

-c,  --characters

count characters rather than columns

-s,  --spaces

break at spaces

-w,  --width=WIDTH

use WIDTH columns instead of 80


display this help and exit


output version information and exit


Written by David MacKenzie.

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See Also


Full documentation <>
or available locally via: info '(coreutils) fold invocation'


January 2024 GNU coreutils 9.4