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Array Basics Shell Scripting | Set 2 (Using Loops)
  • Last Updated : 10 Jul, 2018

It is recommended to go through Array Basics Shell Scripting | Set-1
Introduction
Suppose you want to repeat a particular task so many times then it is a better to use loops. Mostly all languages provides the concept of loops. In Bourne Shell there are two types of loops i.e for loop and
while loop.

To Print the Static Array in Bash

1. By Using while-loop

${#arr[@]} is used to find the size of Array.




# !/bin/bash
# To declare static Array 
arr=(1 12 31 4 5)
i=0
  
# Loop upto size of array
# starting from index, i=0
while [ $i -lt ${#arr[@]} ]
do
    # To print index, ith
    # element
    echo ${arr[$i]}
      
    # Increment the i = i + 1
    i=`expr $i + 1`
done

Output:



1
2
3
4
5

2. By Using for-loop




# !/bin/bash
# To declare static Array 
arr=(1 2 3 4 5)
  
# loops iterate through a 
# set of values until the
# list (arr) is exhausted
for i in "${arr[@]}"
do
    # access each element 
    # as $i
    echo $i
done

Output:

1
2
3
4
5

To Read the array elements at run time and then Print the Array.

1. Using While-loop




# !/bin/bash
# To input array at run
# time by using while-loop
  
# echo -n is used to print
# message without new line
echo -n "Enter the Total numbers :"
read n
echo "Enter numbers :"
i=0
  
# Read upto the size of 
# given array starting from
# index, i=0
while [ $i -lt $n ]
do
    # To input from user
    read a[$i]
  
    # Increment the i = i + 1
    i=`expr $i + 1`
done
  
# To print array values 
# starting from index, i=0
echo "Output :"
i=0
  
while [ $i -lt $n ]
do
    echo ${a[$i]}
  
    # To increment index
    # by 1, i=i+1 
    i=`expr $i + 1`
done

Output:

Enter the Total numbers :3
Enter numbers :
1
3
5
Output :
1
3
5

2. Using for-loop




# !/bin/bash
# To input array at run 
# time by using for-loop
  
echo -n "Enter the Total numbers :"
read n
echo "Enter numbers:"
i=0
  
# Read upto the size of 
# given array starting 
# from index, i=0
while [ $i -lt $n ]
do
    # To input from user
    read a[$i]
  
    # To increment index 
    # by 1, i=i+1
    i=`expr $i + 1`
done
  
# Print the array starting
# from index, i=0
echo "Output :"
  
for i in "${a[@]}"
do
    # access each element as $i
    echo $i 
done

Output:

Enter the Total numbers :3
Enter numbers :
1
3
5
Output :
1
3
5

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