- Count all lines in a file:
wc --lines path/to/file
- Count all words in a file:
wc --words path/to/file
- Count all bytes in a file:
wc --bytes path/to/file
- Count all characters in a file (taking multi-byte characters into account):
wc --chars path/to/file
- Count all lines, words and bytes from
find . | wc
- Count the length of the longest line in number of characters:
wc --max-line-length path/to/file
wc [OPTION]... [FILE]...
wc [OPTION]... --files0-from=F
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 printable 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
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
display this help and exit
output version information and exit
Written by Paul Rubin and David MacKenzie.
GNU coreutils online help: <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
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Copyright © 2021 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <https://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
Full documentation <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/wc>
or available locally via: info '(coreutils) wc invocation'
bridge(8), flowdumper(1), gc(1), ip(8), nop(1), rc(1), tc(8).