Use awk to count number of sequences in a FASTA file

Nice one-liner that simply counts the number of greater-than (>) symbols in a file. In a FASTA file, there should only be a single “>” for each sequence in the file.

$awk '/>/ { count++ } END { print count }' InputFastaFile.fasta

Here’s an example of a FASTA file format for those who don’t know:


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