wc man page

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


wc -l file

wc -w file

wc -c file

wc -m 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 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.

Reporting Bugs

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

See Also

Full documentation at: <https://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).

December 2017 GNU coreutils 8.29 User Commands