AWK is a UNIX programming language that few techs have mastered. I know what you’re saying: “One more programming language to learn and never use.” Let me assure you that this is not the case. AWK may seem a little “awkward” at first, but with just a few commands you can accomplish powerful things. Indeed, many one-line AWK commands can handle the same amount of work as a five-page Fortran program. No, AWK can’t eliminate all Fortran programs, but AWK can make working with data in UNIX a lot easier.

Here is an example of an AWK cheat sheet available for download.

Download our AWK cheat sheets
Windows users: You can download our AWK cheat sheets as a Microsoft Word document and Adobe PDF file, zipped with WinZip for Windows, by following this link to the WinZip file. You will need an unzip utility such as WinZip or PKZIP to expand the zipped file.

UNIX users: If you are working from a UNIX machine, please follow this link to the gzip compressed Adobe Acrobat file or this link to the gzip compressed rich text file. If you are using a UNIX machine, you will need to use gzip or gunzip to decompress the files. You will also need Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat Reader, or another application capable of reading rich text files to view each document. You can download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader here.

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