cut - remove sections from each line of files


cut [OPTION]... [FILE]...


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
output only these bytes
-c, -- characters=LIST
output only these characters
-d, -- delimiter=DELIM
use DELIM instead of TAB for field delimiter
-f, -- fields=LIST
output only these fields; also print any line that contains no delimiter character, unless the -s option is specified
-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. Each range is one of:

N'th byte, character or field, counted from 1
from N'th byte, character or field, to end of line
from N'th to M'th (included) byte, character or field
from first to M'th (included) byte, character or field

The order of bytes, characters or fields in the output will be identical to those in the input. With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.


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


Report bugs to <>.


Copyright © 2004 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.


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

info coreutils cut

should give you access to the complete manual.


Given output like


To get the filenames, use cut -d "/" -f 4 - this uses / as the delimiter between fields, and gives you the fourth field.

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