In this quick article, I will explain how to count lines in a file and get a number of lines and words in the file in a specified directory using a PowerShell script.
Get-Content cmdlet gets the content of the file specified by the path parameter and uses the Measure-Object cmdlet in the PowerShell count lines file and words in the file.
Let’s understand using
Measure-Object cmdlet to print the number of lines in a file, word count and character count in a file.
Note: Check if the file exists in PowerShell before you use the above script to get the file name!
PowerShell Count Lines in File
Let’s consider an example of reading the content of a file specified at location
D:\PowerShell\ and count lines in a file and words in the file as below.
Get-Content -Path D:\PowerShell\ZeroMileFile.txt | Measure-Object -Line -Word -Character
In the first command, the PowerShell
Get-Content cmdlet reads the content of the file specified by the
-Path parameter and passes the output to the second command.
The second command uses the PowerShell
Measure-Object cmdlet to count the number of lines in a file in a specified directory.
Measure-Object cmdlet has Line, Word, and Character parameters to get the number of lines, total words, and total characters in a file.
The output of the above PowerShell script counts the total number of lines in a file, the total words in a file, and count total Characters in the file.
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In the above article, we learned to use PowerShell to count lines in a file in a specified directory. The Get-Content cmdlet gets the content of the file and uses the Measure-Object cmdlet to get the total number of lines in the file.
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