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UNIX/LINUX Command – cut

Last updated May 10, 2021


cut—Remove sections from each line of files


cut {–b byte-list, —bytes=byte-list} [–n] [—help] [—version] [file…]
cut {–c character-list, —characters=character-list} [—help] [—version] [file…]
cut {–f field-list, —fields=field-list} [–d delim] [–s] [—delimiter=delim] [—only-delimited] [—help] [—version] [file…]


This manual page documents the GNU version of cut. cut prints sections of each line of each input file, or the standard input if no files are given. A filename of – means standard input. The sections to be printed are selected by the options.


The byte-list, character-list, and field-list options are one or more numbers or ranges (two numbers separated by a dash) separated by commas. The first byte, character, and field are numbered 1. Incomplete ranges may be given: –m means 1– m; n– means n through end of line or last field.

Options Description
–b, —bytes byte-list Print only the bytes in positions listed in byte-list. Tabs and backspaces are treated like any other character; they take up one byte.
–c, —characters character-list Print only characters in positions listed in character-list. The same as –b for now, but internationalization will change that. Tabs and backspaces are treated like any other character; they take up one character.
–f, —fields field-list Print only the fields listed in field-list. Fields are separated by TAB by default.
–d, —delimiter delim For –f, fields are separated by the first character in delim instead of by TAB.
–n Do not split multibyte characters (no-op for now).
–s, —only-delimited For –f, do not print lines that do not contain the field separator character.
—help Print a usage message and exit with a nonzero status.
—version Print version information on standard output then exit.

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