By using the
wc command, you can print out word count information to the terminal. By default, if you use the
wc command along with a file path, the command will return 3 values: the line count, word count, and character count of that file.
You can also pipe the
wc command into any other terminal command to receive the word count information about the previous command. For instance, you could use the command
ls | wc to see the word count info for the current directory's file list.
If you want the
wc command to only output either the line count, word count, or char count, you can pass it the following flags:
wc -l for line count,
wc -w for word count, and
wc -c for the char count.