Sed Shell Script To Remove All Blank Spaces From a Text File

sed (Stream EDitor) a Unix utility which parses text files and implements a programming language which can apply textual transformations to such files. It reads input files line by line (sequentially), applying the operation which has been specified via the command line (or a sed script), and then outputs the line.

The following example shows a typical use of sed:

# Write a shell script which reads the contents in a text file and removes 
# all the blank spaces in them and redirects the output to a file.
# -------------------------------------------------------------------------
# Copyright (c) 2001 nixCraft project <>
# This script is licensed under GNU GPL version 2.0 or above
# -------------------------------------------------------------------------
# This script is part of nixCraft shell script collection (NSSC)
# Visit for more information.
# -------------------------------------------------------------------------
echo -n "Emter a file name : "
read file
if [ ! -f $file ]
	echo "$file not a file!"
	exit 1
sed -e 's/[\t ]//g;/^$/d' $file > $out
echo "Output written to $out file"
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5 comments… add one
  • Proactiveaditya Mar 7, 2010 @ 18:42

    echo “eth0″|awk ‘{print $2}’

    • Anonymous Apr 29, 2010 @ 6:38

      sed -e ‘s/[\t ]//g;/^$/d’ $file

      It also delete t character if given in file.

      • Anonymous Dec 2, 2010 @ 12:44

        How does it remove double space?

  • siva Aug 26, 2009 @ 12:10

    Thanks, Very useful script.. How to remove a particular word say etho


    want to remove eth0 from above line

    • Joe Dec 7, 2010 @ 5:00

      echo “eth0″ | cut -d” ” -f2

      will work as well

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