CUT(1) BSD General Commands Manual CUT(1)
cut -- cut out selected portions of each line of a file
cut -b list [-n] [file ...]
cut -c list [file ...]
cut -f list [-d delim] [-s] [file ...]
The cut utility cuts out selected portions of each line (as specified by list) from each
file and writes them to the standard output. If no file arguments are specified, or a file
argument is a single dash ('-'), cut reads from the standard input. The items specified by
list can be in terms of column position or in terms of fields delimited by a special charac-
ter. Column numbering starts from 1.
The list option argument is a comma or whitespace separated set of increasing numbers and/or
number ranges. Number ranges consist of a number, a dash ('-'), and a second number and
select the fields or columns from the first number to the second, inclusive. Numbers or
number ranges may be preceded by a dash, which selects all fields or columns from 1 to the
last number. Numbers or number ranges may be followed by a dash, which selects all fields
or columns from the last number to the end of the line. Numbers and number ranges may be
repeated, overlapping, and in any order. It is not an error to select fields or columns not
present in the input line.
The options are as follows:
The list specifies byte positions.
The list specifies character positions.
Use delim as the field delimiter character instead of the tab character.
The list specifies fields, separated in the input by the field delimiter character
(see the -d option). Output fields are separated by a single occurrence of the
field delimiter character.
-n Do not split multi-byte characters. Characters will only be output if at least one
byte is selected, and, after a prefix of zero or more unselected bytes, the rest of
the bytes that form the character are selected.
-s Suppress lines with no field delimiter characters. Unless specified, lines with no
delimiters are passed through unmodified.
The LANG, LC_ALL and LC_CTYPE environment variables affect the execution of cut as described
The cut utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.
Extract users' login names and shells from the system passwd(5) file as ``name:shell''
cut -d : -f 1,7 /etc/passwd
Show the names and login times of the currently logged in users:
who | cut -c 1-16,26-38
The cut utility conforms to IEEE Std 1003.2-1992 (``POSIX.2'').
A cut command appeared in AT&T System III UNIX.
BSD December 21, 2006 BSD