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20 Practical and Useful Examples of Bash Find Command

Here you will find out:

  • what is find command in Linux
  • examples of the find command
  • when DiskInternals can help you

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About find command in Linux

The find command in Linux is a command-line utility for traversing the file hierarchy. It can be used to find and track files and directories.

It supports searching by file, folder, name, creation date, modification date, owner and permissions. By using the ‘-exec’ command, you can execute other Linux commands on the found files or folders.

Operators you may need

With the exception of operators, each expression returns a value. If the test matches the current file, the test returns true. You can conjugate everything with operators.

Each operator applies only to the next expression. Therefore, term1 or term2 and term3 are the same as (term1 or term2) and term3.

Choose a project that ends in .js and is a file. You can guess the operator; it is the default operator.

Examples: search by name or directory

1. How to find in current working directory every file whose name is love.txt:

2. How to find files in the home directory:

3. How to find files by name and ignore case:

4. How to find directory by name:

5. How to find PHP files by name:

6. How to find all PHP files in the directory:

Examples: search by permission number

7. How to find files with permissions № 777:

8. How to find files without permissions № 777:

9. How to find SGID files with permissions № 644:

10. How to find sticky bit files with permissions № 551:

Examples: different file search

11. How to find the SUID file:

12. How to find the SGID file:

13. How to find read-only files:

14. How to find executable files:

15. How to find files with permissions № 777 and Chmod № 755

16. How to find files with permissions № 777 and Chmod № 644

17. How to find and delete individual files:

18. How to find and delete multiple files:

Examples: how to find empty files or directories

19. How to find all empty files:

20. How to find all empty directories:

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