wc man page

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

TL;DR

wc -l {{file}}

wc -w {{file}}

wc -c {{file}}

wc -m {{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: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
Report wc translation bugs to <http://translationproject.org/team/>

See Also

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

Referenced By

flowdumper(1), gc(1), ip(8), nop(1), rc(1), xs(1).

November 2016 GNU coreutils 8.26 User Commands