Combine Text Files Using cat Command


Combine text files using cat command.

Below you will find some examples that will help you to understand the correct use of the CAT command, to combine and merge text files.

Combine text files using cat command.

The merged text can then be stored in another text file.

First example:

Open a terminal window and type the following command:

cat file1.txt file2.txt file3.txt

Press Enter.

This will print out three text files in a single merged output.

Second example: Merging text from three files to another text file.

cat file1.txt file2.txt file3.txt > file4.txt

This will store the content of the three textfiles into a another text file.

Third example: Merging text from three files, and saving the output to another file in alphabetical order.

cat file1.txt file2.txt file3.txt | sort > file4.txt

Press Enter.

Fourth example: Appending text from the terminal window directly to a file.

cat >> textfile.txt

Press Enter.

After entering this command, a cursor will appear for you to enter the text you want to add to the specified file.

Enter the text and press Ctrl+D.

Note: Your entered text will be appended at the end of the file.

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