Concatenate text files with Windows command line, dropping leading lines


I need to concatenate some relatively large text files, and would prefer to do this via the command line. Unfortunately I only have Windows, and cannot install new software.

type file1.txt file2.txt > out.txt

allows me to almost get what I want, but I don't want the 1st line of file2.txt to be included in out.txt.

I have noticed that more has the +n option to specify a starting line, but I haven't managed to combine these to get the result I want. I'm aware that this may not be possible in Windows, and I can always edit out.txt by hand to get rid of the line, but is there a simple way of doing it from the command line?

3/19/2010 12:39:26 PM

Accepted Answer

more +2 file2.txt > temp
type temp file1.txt > out.txt

or you can use copy. See copy /? for more.

copy /b temp+file1.txt  out.txt
3/19/2010 1:27:55 PM

I use this, and it works well for me:

TYPE \\Server\Share\Folder\*.csv >> C:\Folder\ConcatenatedFile.csv

Of course, before every run, you have to DELETE C:\Folder\ConcatenatedFile.csv

The only issue is that if all files have headers, then it will be repeated in all files.


I don't have enough reputation points to comment on the recommendation to use *.csv >> ConcatenatedFile.csv, but I can add a warning:

If you create ConcatenatedFile.csv file in the same directory that you are using for concatenation it will be added to itself.


Use the FOR command to echo a file line by line, and with the 'skip' option to miss a number of starting lines...

FOR /F "skip=1" %i in (file2.txt) do @echo %i

You could redirect the output of a batch file, containing something like...

FOR /F %%i in (file1.txt) do @echo %%i
FOR /F "skip=1" %%i in (file2.txt) do @echo %%i

Note the double % when a FOR variable is used within a batch file.


Here's how to do this:

(type file1.txt && more +1 file2.txt) > out.txt

I would put this in a comment to ghostdog74, except my rep is too low, so here goes.

more +2 file2.txt > temp
This code will actually ignore rows 1 and 2 of the file. OP wants to keep all rows from the first file (to maintain the header row), and then exclude the first row (presumably the same header row) on the second file, so to exclude only the header row OP should use more +1.

type temp file1.txt > out.txt

It is unclear what order results from this code. Is temp appended to file1.txt (as desired), or is file1.txt appended to temp (undesired as the header row would be buried in the middle of the resulting file).

In addition, these operations take a REALLY LONG TIME with large files (e.g. 300MB)


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