strings(1) User Commands strings(1)
strings - find printable strings in an object or binary file
strings [-a | -] [-t format | -o] [-n number | -number] [file...]
The strings utility looks for ASCII strings in a binary file. A string
is any sequence of 4 or more printing characters ending with a newline
or a null character.
strings is useful for identifying random object files and many other
The following options are supported:
-a | - Look everywhere in the file for strings. If
this flag is omitted, strings only looks in the
initialized data space of object files.
-n number | -number Use a number as the minimum string length
rather than the default, which is 4.
-o Equivalent to -t d option.
-t format Write each string preceded by its byte offset
from the start of the file. The format is
dependent on the single character used as the
d The offset will be written in decimal.
o The offset will be written in octal.
x The offset will be written in hexadec-
The following operand is supported:
file A path name of a regular file to be used as input. If no file
operand is specified, the strings utility will read from the
See environ(5) for descriptions of the following environment variables
that affect the execution of strings: LANG, LC_ALL, LC_CTYPE, LC_MES-
SAGES, and NLSPATH.
The following exit values are returned:
0 Successful completion.
>>0 An error occurred.
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:
tab() allbox; cw(2.750000i)| cw(2.750000i) lw(2.750000i)|
lw(2.750000i). ATTRIBUTE TYPEATTRIBUTE VALUE AvailabilitySUNWtoo
CSIEnabled Interface StabilityStandard
od(1), attributes(5), environ(5), standards(5)
The algorithm for identifying strings is extremely primitive.
For backwards compatibility, the options -a and - are interchangeable.
SunOS 5.10 20 Dec 1996 strings(1)