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Using sed to split a string with a delimiter

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http://stackoverflow.com – I have a string in the following format: string1:string2:string3:string4:string5 I'm trying to use sed to split the string on : and print each sub-string on a new line. Here is what I'm doing: cat ~/Desktop/myfile.txt | sed s/:/\\n/ This prints: string1 string2:string3:string4:string5 How can I get it to split on each delimiter? (HowTos)