Alternatives to popular CLI tools: awk

This article spotlights alternative tools to awk, software specialized for textual data manipulation. It reads a text file line by line, and for each line that matches a pattern expression, it executes an action (which normally prints output).

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The software featured here is free and open source. All tools provide a command-line interface (CLI) unless otherwise stated.

Alternatives to awk
gawkImplementation of the awk programming language
GoAWKPOSIX-compliant awk interpreter written in Go
MillerSmall and powerful CLI tool to do all your data processing
frawkSmall programming language for writing short programs processing textual data
chooseHuman-friendly and fast alternative to cut and (sometimes) awk
gemaGeneral purpose text processing utility based on the concept of pattern matching
mawkInterpreter for the awk programming language
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