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Linux cut command by example

Linux cut command by example

The Cut command is a great utility to select parts of lines. In this post we’ll show many example of how to use it.

Select only 3rd character

echo "Hello World" | cut -b 3
l

Select only 1st and 7th characters

echo "Hello World" | cut -b 1,7
HW

Select characters in range

echo "Hello World" | cut -b 5-7
o W

Select beginning of the input line

echo "Hello World" | cut -b 1-5
Hello
echo "Hello World" | cut -b -5
Hello

Select characters from 5th to the end

echo "Hello World" | cut -b 5-
o World

Select characters except 3rd to 5th

echo "Hello World" | cut -b 3-5 --complement
He World

Select columns from tab delimited input

echo "This    is      sample  string." | cut -f 1-3
This  is      sample

Print only selected column/word in space delimited string

echo "This is sample string." | cut -d ' ' -f 2
is

Print first three words/columns in space deliminted string

echo "This is sample string." | cut -d ' ' -f -3
This is sample

Print words/columns from 3rd to the end

echo "This is sample string." | cut -d ' ' -f 3-
sample string.
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