paste - Man Page

merge lines of files

Examples (TL;DR)


paste [OPTION]... [FILE]...


Write lines consisting of the sequentially corresponding lines from each FILE, separated by TABs, to standard output.

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

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

-d,  --delimiters=LIST

reuse characters from LIST instead of TABs

-s,  --serial

paste one file at a time instead of in parallel

-z,  --zero-terminated

line delimiter is NUL, not newline


display this help and exit


output version information and exit


Written by David M. Ihnat and David MacKenzie.

Reporting Bugs

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See Also

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

Referenced By

colrm(1), column(1), ksh93(1), wl-clipboard(1).

September 2023 GNU coreutils 9.4