CUT(1) User Commands CUT(1)

NAME cut - remove sections from each line of files


DESCRIPTION Print selected parts of lines from each FILE to standard output.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

-b, --bytes=LIST select only these bytes

-c, --characters=LIST select only these characters

-d, --delimiter=DELIM use DELIM instead of TAB for field delimiter

-f, --fields=LIST select only these fields; also print any line that contains no delimiter character, unless the -s option is specified

-n with -b: dont split multibyte characters

--complement complement the set of selected bytes, characters or fields

-s, --only-delimited do not print lines not containing delimiters

--output-delimiter=STRING use STRING as the output delimiter the default is to use the input delimiter

--help display this help and exit

--version output version information and exit

Use one, and only one of -b, -c or -f. Each LIST is made up of one range, or many ranges separated by commas. Selected input is written in the same order that it is read, and is written exactly once. Each range is one of:

N Nth byte, character or field, counted from 1

N- from Nth byte, character or field, to end of line

N-M from Nth to Mth (included) byte, character or field

-M from first to Mth (included) byte, character or field

With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.

AUTHOR Written by David M. Ihnat, David MacKenzie, and Jim Meyering.

REPORTING BUGS Report cut bugs to GNU coreutils home page: <> General help using GNU software: <> Report cut translation bugs to <>

COPYRIGHT Copyright © 2010 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>. This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO The full documentation for cut is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and cut programs are properly installed at your site, the com- mand

info coreutils ’cut invocation’

should give you access to the complete manual.

GNU coreutils 8.4 April 2012 CUT(1)