Skip main navigation

User Input

How to input into bash scripts

Watch Victoria presenting simple scripts demonstrating how to capture user input into a script

Here are the scripts used in this video:

#!/usr/bin/env bash
echo "Please enter your name."
read name
echo "Hello ${name}, it’s nice to meet you!"

#!/usr/bin/env bash
echo "what are your two favourite foods?"
read food1 food2
echo "Your favourite foods are: ${food1} and ${food2}"

#!/usr/bin/env bash
read -p "Enter your username: " username
read -sp "Tell me your password: " password
echo -e "nHi ${username}, your password is ${password}"
This article is from the free online

Bioinformatics for Biologists: An Introduction to Linux, Bash Scripting, and R

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Reach your personal and professional goals

Unlock access to hundreds of expert online courses and degrees from top universities and educators to gain accredited qualifications and professional CV-building certificates.

Join over 18 million learners to launch, switch or build upon your career, all at your own pace, across a wide range of topic areas.

Start Learning now