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

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23 Responses

  1. Thomas says:

    Is there a way to see how many times the word ‘the’ was used?

    • Ravi Saive says:


      To count occurrence of word in Linux text file, you should use following command.

      # cut -f 1 filename | grep -i "Yourword" | wc -l
  2. Pratap says:

    Thanks..but I am getting count from this command as wc -l <filename.txt
    How we can subtract 2 from this count ?

  3. Pratap badana says:

    How we can subtract 2 from count?

  4. Larry says:

    I’ve been using wc -l ‘find *.csv -type f’ for some time, but I would like to reduce the count of each file by 1 to not include the header records. Is this possible?

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