head man page

head — output the first part of files

TL;DR

head -n {{count_of_lines}} {{filename}}

head -c {{size_in_bytes}} {{filename}}

head -n -{{count_of_lines}} {{filename}}

head -c -{{size_in_bytes}} {{filename}}

Synopsis

head [OPTION]... [FILE]...

Description

Print the first 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=[-]NUM
print the first NUM bytes of each file; with the leading '-', print all but the last NUM bytes of each file
-n, --lines=[-]NUM
print the first NUM lines instead of the first 10; with the leading '-', print all but the last NUM lines of each file
-q, --quiet, --silent
never print headers giving file names
-v, --verbose
always print headers giving file names
-z, --zero-terminated
line delimiter is NUL, not newline
--help
display this help and exit
--version
output version information and exit

NUM may have a multiplier suffix: b 512, kB 1000, K 1024, MB 1000*1000, M 1024*1024, GB 1000*1000*1000, G 1024*1024*1024, and so on for T, P, E, Z, Y.

Author

Written by David MacKenzie and Jim Meyering.

Reporting Bugs

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

See Also

tail(1)

Full documentation at: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/h…>
or available locally via: info '(coreutils) head invocation'

Referenced By

fetchlog(1), tail(1).

November 2016 GNU coreutils 8.26 User Commands