Column is a utility that formats data into neat columns. Rather than relying on inserting the proper number of spaces or tabs, you can pipe your output through column to have the output look spectacular.

I added this page because I keep on forgetting how to print neat columns since I get it confused with col.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Just pipe whatever you want columnized through column -t.

% for i in apple orange banana pear ; do echo $i "\$0.00" ; done | column -t
apple   $0.00
orange  $0.00
banana  $0.00
pear    $0.00