How to delete a word from a file using shell scripting???

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  • Jul 5th, 2007

sed -e 's/word//g' filename


  • Nov 7th, 2008

Be careful what you mean by the word, "word"

A couple of people have answered with the "sed" command, which is good, but if you're looking for actually removing a "word" and not a part of a word, the instruction needs some modification.

For example, to remove the word "the"

echo "Other than the aesthetics, there's the synthetics" | sed 's/the//g'


Or than  aestics, re's  syntics

To remove the word "the", and not pieces of other words, add triangle brackets around the text.  These must be quote from the shell, e.g.:

sed 's/<the>//g'

So the new result with the brackets will look like this:

Other than  aesthetics, there's  synthetics

The text embedded within other text is not affected.

Of course, the next thing to do is pipe your file into this "sed" command and pipe the output into a different file.  Inspect the result, and if you're satisfied, replace the original file with the new one.

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  • Nov 7th, 2008

please note that my original answer ate the quote signs, which I'm going to try to make sure get through this time:

sed 's/\<the\>//g'

And in case that gets eaten also, it's a reverse slash, then the less than (<), the text to be replaced ("the"), the the reverse slash, then the greater than (>)

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ajay goel

  • Jul 7th, 2014

  1. vi file

  2. escape

  3.  1,$ s/word//g

  4. :wq

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  • Nov 7th, 2014

set +x

echo -e "enter the file name:c"
read fname

echo -e "enter the word to be deleted:c"
read pattern
echo $pattern
sed s/$pattern//g $fname > temp.txt

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  • Apr 3rd, 2015

sed s/pattern//g filename

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  • May 14th, 2015

Here in the script instead of redirecting the o/p into temp file we can just do as follows

  1. sed -I s/$pattern//g <<filename>>

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  • Jan 10th, 2017

tr -d pattern < filename

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  • Mar 28th, 2017

sed command with -i option will make the changes persistent in the file. You dont need the redirection operator to submit the changes to a new file. The answer is:
sed -i s/word_to_delete/word_to_replace_with/g file_name

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Manisha Kumari

  • Jun 15th, 2017

In Esc mode, dw

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