How to search for files on the command line in Linux
- By using the find command we can search for files and directories using the command line. The find command uses a raw search to find files and directories.
- The usage is find [PATH] [OPTIONS][SEARCH CRITERIA]
find /home/ -name test
The example above finds all files/directories within the home directory that contain the word test
- Below are different common options that can be used together with the find command namely:
- -name = Find files with the specified name (see example above)
- -user = Finds files owned by the specified user
- -size = Finds files larger than the size specified
- -mtime n = File’s data was last modified n*24 hours ago.
- To read more about the find command use the man command