- Print all strings in a binary:strings [file]- Limit results to strings at least *length* characters long:strings -n [length] [file]- Prefix each result with its offset within the file:strings -t d [file]- Prefix each result with its offset within the file in hexadecimal:strings -t x [file]
strings [-afovV] [-min-len] [-n min-len] [--bytes=min-len] [-t radix] [--radix=radix] [-e encoding] [--encoding=encoding] [-] [--all] [--print-file-name] [-T bfdname] [--target=bfdname] [-w] [--include-all-whitespace] [-s] [--output-separatorsep_string] [--help] [--version] file...
For each file given, GNU strings prints the printable character sequences that are at least 4 characters long (or the number given with the options below) and are followed by an unprintable character.
Depending upon how the strings program was configured it will default to either displaying all the printable sequences that it can find in each file, or only those sequences that are in loadable, initialized data sections. If the file type in unrecognizable, or if strings is reading from stdin then it will always display all of the printable sequences that it can find.
For backwards compatibility any file that occurs after a command line option of just - will also be scanned in full, regardless of the presence of any -d option.
strings is mainly useful for determining the contents of non-text files.
The - option is position dependent and forces strings to perform full scans of any file that is mentioned after the - on the command line, even if the -d option has been specified.
Options in file are separated by whitespace. A whitespace character may be included in an option by surrounding the entire option in either single or double quotes. Any character (including a backslash) may be included by prefixing the character to be included with a backslash. The file may itself contain additional @file options; any such options will be processed recursively.
ar(1), nm(1), objdump(1), ranlib(1), readelf(1) and the Info entries for binutils.
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