od: Write files in octal or other formats
od writes an unambiguous representation of each
-’ means standard input), or standard input if none are given.
od [option]… [file]… od [-abcdfilosx]… [file] [[+]offset[.][b]] od [option]… --traditional [file] [[+]offset[.][b] [[+]label[.][b]]]
Each line of output consists of the offset in the input, followed by
groups of data from the file. By default,
od prints the offset in
octal, and each group of file data is a C
short int’s worth of input
printed as a single octal number.
offset is given, it specifies how many input bytes to skip
before formatting and writing. By default, it is interpreted as an
octal number, but the optional trailing decimal point causes it to be
interpreted as decimal. If no decimal is specified and the offset
begins with ‘
0x’ or ‘
0X’ it is interpreted as a hexadecimal
number. If there is a trailing ‘
b’, the number of bytes skipped
offset multiplied by 512.
If a command is of both the first and second forms, the second form is
assumed if the last operand begins with ‘
+’ or (if there are two
operands) a digit. For example, in ‘
od foo 10’ and ‘
10’ is an offset, whereas in ‘
od 10’ the ‘
10’ is a
The program accepts the following options. Also see Common options.
Select the base in which file offsets are printed.
be one of the following:
none (do not print offsets).
The default is octal.
Reorder input bytes, to handle inputs with differing byte orders,
or to provide consistent output independent of the endian convention
of the current system. Swapping is performed according to the
--type size and endian
order, which can be
little’ or ‘
bytes input bytes before formatting and writing. If
bytes begins with ‘
0x’ or ‘
0X’, it is interpreted in
hexadecimal; otherwise, if it begins with ‘
0’, in octal; otherwise,
bytes may be, or may be an integer optionally followed by,
one of the following multiplicative suffixes:
‘b’ => 512 ("blocks") ‘KB’ => 1000 (KiloBytes) ‘K’ => 1024 (KibiBytes) ‘MB’ => 1000*1000 (MegaBytes) ‘M’ => 1024*1024 (MebiBytes) ‘GB’ => 1000*1000*1000 (GigaBytes) ‘G’ => 1024*1024*1024 (GibiBytes)
and so on for ‘
Z’, and ‘
Binary prefixes can be used, too: ‘
and so on.
Output at most
bytes bytes of the input. Prefixes and suffixes on
bytes are interpreted as for the
Instead of the normal output, output only string constants: at
bytes consecutive ASCII graphic characters,
followed by a zero byte (ASCII NUL).
Prefixes and suffixes on
bytes are interpreted as for the
bytes is omitted with
--strings, the default is 3.
Select the format in which to output the file data.
type is a
string of one or more of the below type indicator characters. If you
include more than one type indicator character in a single
string, or use this option more than once,
od writes one copy
of each output line using each of the data types that you specified,
in the order that you specified.
Adding a trailing “z” to any type specification appends a display of the single byte character representation of the printable characters to the output line generated by the type specification.
named character, ignoring high-order bit
printable single byte character, C backslash escape or a 3 digit octal sequence
floating point (see Floating point)
a outputs things like ‘
sp’ for space, ‘
newline, and ‘
nul’ for a zero byte. Only the least significant
seven bits of each byte is used; the high-order bit is ignored.
Except for types ‘
a’ and ‘
c’, you can specify the number
of bytes to use in interpreting each number in the given data type
by following the type indicator character with a decimal integer.
Alternately, you can specify the size of one of the C compiler’s
built-in data types by following the type indicator character with
one of the following characters. For integers (‘
For floating point (
Output consecutive lines that are identical. By default, when two or
more consecutive output lines would be identical,
od outputs only
the first line, and puts just an asterisk on the following line to
indicate the elision.
n input bytes per output line. This must be a multiple of
the least common multiple of the sizes associated with the specified
If this option is not given at all, the default is 16. If
omitted, the default is 32.
The next several options are shorthands for format specifications.
od accepts any combination of shorthands and format
specification options. These options accumulate.
Output as named characters. Equivalent to ‘
Output as octal bytes. Equivalent to ‘
Output as printable single byte characters, C backslash escapes
or 3 digit octal sequences. Equivalent to ‘
Output as unsigned decimal two-byte units. Equivalent to ‘
Output as floats. Equivalent to ‘
Output as decimal ints. Equivalent to ‘
Output as decimal long ints. Equivalent to ‘
Output as octal two-byte units. Equivalent to
Output as decimal two-byte units. Equivalent to
Output as hexadecimal two-byte units. Equivalent to ‘
Recognize the non-option label argument that traditional
accepted. The following syntax:
od --traditional [file] [[+]offset[.][b] [[+]label[.][b]]]
can be used to specify at most one file and optional arguments
specifying an offset and a pseudo-start address,
label argument is interpreted
offset, but it specifies an initial pseudo-address. The
pseudo-addresses are displayed in parentheses following any normal
An exit status of zero indicates success, and a nonzero value indicates failure.