How can I create a new file from a Linux terminal window (i.e. shell)?
The simplest way to do this is by using the
This will create an empty file with the provided name in the current directory.
To create a file containing some text, we can redirect the output of a command using the
echo "Hello world" > hello-world.txt
We can also do this interactively using
cat > new-file.txt
After pressing Enter, we can type some text for the file contents. Once we’re done, pressing Enter and then Ctrl+D will save and close the file.
Finally, we can create a new file using a terminal-based text editor such as
Note that this last method will only create a file if we save before exiting (
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