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AWK How To Print A Single Quote

You can use an octal escape code to print a single quote or apostrophe.

This example will print out the word test surrounded by single quotes.

awk 'BEGIN{print "\047test\047"}'

You could also assign the single quote to a variable using the “-v” flag. You can then just refer to the variable. This example will print the word test surounded by single quotes.

awk -v q="'" 'BEGIN{print q "test" q}'