I have a file as given below

Name_Customer   Item_Purchased  Item_Amount Credit
Tom              H1_P            7657        N/A    
Pras             Track_1         23          N/A
Cha              Brace           9           N/A
Moh              kite37          269         N/A
Prab             Bols            87699       N/A

I need to add the values under the column Item_Amount by ignoring the header in the file and print the sum as

Total Amount collected = 95657
awk '{s+=$3}END{print s}' yourfile
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    @coffeMug can you explain why use this: s+0?. – Cold Dec 15 '14 at 15:32
  • @Cold don’t remember exactly why that 0 is there! :-P Seems to be unnecessary so removed it! – coffeMug Dec 15 '14 at 19:43
  • @coffeMug probably to ensure awk treated the argument as a number – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen May 9 '17 at 11:40

Pretty trivial using just awk. Assuming the example data is in a file, ex.txt:

$ awk '{total = total + int($3)}END{print "Total Amount collected = "total}' ex.txt


$ awk '{total = total + $3}END{print "Total Amount collected = "total}' ex.txt 
Total Amount collected = 95657


Using awk we collect the values from the 3rd column ($3) and accumulate their sub-total in the variable total. Once complete, as the last thing to do, END{..}, we print the message along with the value of the variable total.

  • just make one changes int($3) – Rahul Patil Oct 15 '13 at 6:45
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    That little int($3) gets things the way I need it. – bballdave025 Dec 6 at 20:00
for n in  $( tail -n +4 /tmp/reports.txt | awk '{print $3}') ; 
   total=$( expr $total + $n ); 
done ; 
echo ">>$total" 
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    You can't change the value of a variable inside a loop like that. See my answer here for a way to make variables accessible outside their loop.s – terdon Oct 14 '13 at 20:57

The awk approach is probably the easiest. Here are a few other choices:


perl -lane '$k+=$F[2];END{print $k}' foo.txt

Pure coreutils:

t=0; tail -n +4 foo.txt | tr -s ' ' '\t' | cut -d $'\t' -f 3 | 
 while read i; do let t+=$i; echo $t; done  | tail -n 1

If it can help:

grep -Eo '[0-9\.]+' your_file|tr '\n' '+'|sed 's/\+$//'|bc -l

This pipeline should do the work:

tail -n +4 the_file | awk '{ sum += $3 } END { printf "Total Amount collected = %d\n", sum }'
awk '{FS=","}{s+=$6}END{print s}' Filename
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    Can you explain it? – Prvt_Yadav Jan 22 at 13:19
  • Welcome to U&L, this hardly add anything to accepted answer and other, besides I don't see the use of FS. – Archemar Jan 22 at 13:37
  • Given that there are no commas in the sample input, how does this work? – Jeff Schaller Jan 22 at 13:54

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