How to find a file in linux

To find a file in Linux, you can use the find command. The find command allows you to search for files based on various criteria such as name, type, size, or modification time. Here’s how you can use the find command to locate a file:

find /path/to/search -name "filename"


  • /path/to/search is the directory where you want to start the search. Replace it with the actual directory path you want to search within. For example, /home/user to search within the user’s home directory or / to search the entire filesystem.
  • "filename" is the name of the file you are searching for. Replace it with the actual filename or a pattern to match multiple files. You can use wildcards such as * and ? in the filename to perform pattern matching.

Here are a few examples:

Search for a file by exact name:

find /path/to/search -name "myfile.txt"

Search for files with a specific extension:

find /path/to/search -name "*.log"

Search for files matching a pattern:

find /path/to/search -name "file*.txt"

The find command will recursively search the specified directory and its subdirectories, matching the specified criteria. It will print the path of any matching files it finds.

You can also combine multiple criteria or refine your search further using additional options provided by the find command. Refer to the find command’s manual page (man find) for more details and available options.