April 19, 2018

How to Do Math on the Linux Command Line

Can you do math on the Linux command line? You sure can! In fact, there are quite a few commands that can make the process easy and some you might even find interesting. Let's look at some very useful commands and syntax for command line math.

expr

First and probably the most obvious and commonly used command for performing mathematical calculations on the command line is the expr (expression) command. It can manage addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication. It can also be used to compare numbers. Here are some examples:

Incrementing a variable

$ count=0
$ count=`expr $count + 1`
$ echo $count
1

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