Linux Tutorial Series

Linux Tutorial Series – 38 – The touch command

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The touch command is used for changing file timestamps (or creating new files). (“touch(1) – Linux man page,” n.d.)⁠ It is used as follows:

touch fileName

If the file named fileName does not exist, the file with the name fileName is created. If the file named fileName already exists, then only its modification time is modified to the current time.

I have used the touch command a few times to create new files.

Hope you learned something new!


touch(1) – Linux man page. (n.d.). Retrieved January 6, 2020, from