6 WC Command Examples to Count Number of Lines, Words, Characters in Linux

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13 Responses

  1. abhishek says:

    Write a shell script to count the number of lines, characters, words in a file (without the use of commands). Also delete the occurrence of word “Linux” from the file wherever it appears and save the results in a new file.
    anybody plz help

  2. Kinjal says:

    It is really helpful now. If I have any type of query , I will definitely ask u. Thanks for now.

  3. vijay vikky says:

    what is the special purpose for linux?

  4. hasan0228 says:

    How do I get no of records of the file exclude footer?

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Your question is incomplete, could you explain your question in more detailed fashion, so that we can understand better and give you a proper solution..

    • vikky says:

      use linux

      • David says:

        The tool for excelency is a computer (smartphone, tablet, etc) and need a software in special to work, to interactive with you like user. The best option to handle that is Linux. That is the reason.

  5. Sunny says:

    cat filename.txt | grep -v “saerch” | sed -n ‘ $ p ‘

  6. Saransh says:

    If u don’t want to print to print the last line

    Go for grep -v option

    can try grep -v ‘^6’

  7. Jayanto says:

    When I do a wc -l in a directory then the output is something like –
    1 File1.txt
    2 File2.txt
    3 File3.txt
    6 Total

    I do not want to display the last Total. How can we do that? Any insights..!

    • You can try this

      wc file*|grep -v total

      grep with -v option removes the lines which have the word “total” in them., so except last line all files with word count will shown. Hope it helps

  8. SRI says:

    Please tell me how to display number of words in each line by using wc command?

    • while read line; do echo “$line” | wc -m ;done < filename

      if your file contains '/' then use 'read -r' in the above command

      Another simple way without wc is

      awk '{print length($0) }' filename

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