Linux find commands

In this article, we’ll cover the basic usage of the find command in Linux. Usually, it’s syntax is:

find directory [options]

find by type

You can search for only files or folders with the following options:

find / -type d #finds directories
find / -type f #finds files

find by name

You can directly find a file by it’s name

find / -name "myFilename"

find by size

You can list all files that are larger than a given value

find / -size +2M #finds files above 2 megabytes
find / -size -2M #finds files below 2 megabytes

find and execute

You can run other commands on files that you find

find / -name "myFile" -exec chmod 0755 {} \; #changes the permissions of any file called myFile to 0755
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