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Example based guide to mastering GNU awk.

The book also includes exercises to test your understanding, which is presented together as a single file in this repo -

For solutions to the exercises, see

See to keep track of changes made to the book.


You can purchase the pdf/epub versions of the book using these links:

You can also get the book as part of these bundles:

See for list of other books

For a preview of the book, see sample chapters

The book can also be viewed as a single markdown file in this repo. See my blogpost on generating pdf from markdown using pandoc if you are interested in the ebook creation process.

For web version of the book, visit


Step up your cli fu with this fabulous intro & deep dive into awk. I learned a ton of tricks!

feedback on twitter

I consider myself pretty experienced at shell-fu and capable of doing most things I set out to achieve in either bash scripts or fearless one-liners. However, my awk is rudimentary at best, I think mostly because it's such an unforgiving environment to experiment in.

These books you've written are great for a bit of first principles insight and then quickly building up to functional usage. I will have no hesitation in referring colleagues to them!

feedback on Hacker News


Open an issue if you spot any typo/errors.

⚠️ ⚠️ Please DO NOT submit pull requests. Main reason being any modification requires changes in multiple places.

I'd also highly appreciate your feedback about the book.


Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Installation and Documentation
  3. awk introduction
  4. Regular Expressions
  5. Field separators
  6. Record separators
  7. In-place file editing
  8. Using shell variables
  9. Control Structures
  10. Built-in functions
  11. Multiple file input
  12. Processing multiple records
  13. Two file processing
  14. Dealing with duplicates
  15. awk scripts
  16. Gotchas and Tips
  17. Further Reading


Special thanks to all my friends and online acquaintances for their help, support and encouragement, especially during these difficult times.


The book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

The code snippets are licensed under MIT, see LICENSE file

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