How to remove ^M from unix files using VI editor

^M is DOS line break charater which shows up in unix files when uploaded from a windows file system in ascii format.

To remove this, open your file in vi editor and type


and press Enter key.

Important!! – press (Ctrl-v) (Ctrl-m) combination to enter ^M character, dont use “^” and M.

If anything goes wrong exit with q!.

I learned this from here.


41 thoughts on “How to remove ^M from unix files using VI editor

  1. Your substitution command may catch more ^M then necessary. Your file may contain valid ^M in the middle of a line of code for example. Use the following command instead to remove only those at the very end of lines:

    In some flavors of vi (e.g. RedHat), vi does it for you with:
    :set fileformat=unix

  2. Thanks guys…this worked for me to remove ^M from my input file. But any idea why this comes when we ftp the a file from windows to UNIX box on ASCII mode?

  3. I was really pissed off with this ^M in my file,
    thanks to Scott i use
    :set fileformat=unix
    and it works……

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  5. fyuhhhh.. thanks God I found this link..
    I need to overtime until 4.00 to find the root cause, and it’s because stubborn ^M…. damn 🙂

    • to send from windows, copy it into notepad first, or use the ‘Paste As’ command, and select plain text. (I dont think you can ‘paste as’ directly into notepad)

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