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How to get the number of Words, Characters and Rows within a text file on Linux via the Command Line

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  • How to get the number of Words, Characters and Rows within a text file on Linux via the Command Line
  • By using the wc command.
    wc = print newline, word, and byte counts for each file 
  • In the CLI type in the following command:
    wc -wcl < /home/user/textfile.txt

    textfile.txt = The file that we need to get the information from
    -w = print the word count
    -c = print the character count
    -l = print the line count

Last Updated On April 07, 2018

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