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Unix: How to find files with multiple filename extensions

As I mentioned in my How to find multiple filenames with Linux find tutorial, you can use find command syntax like this to find files with multiple filename extensions:

find iTunes \( -name "*.mp3" -o -name "*.m4a" \)

As that command shows, I ran this find command to find all of my music files under my iTunes directory, including .mp3 and .m4a filename extensions.

While I’m in the neighborhood, this is the full find command I use to backup all of my iTunes files that have changed or been added in the last 180 days:

find iTunes \( -name "*.mp3" -o -name "*.m4a" \) -type f -mtime -180 -print0 | xargs -0 tar rvf NewMusic.tar

There’s probably an easier way to do this, but that backup command works for me.

How to use the Linux sed command to edit many files in place (and make a backup copy)

Warning: The following sed commands are very powerful, so you can modify a lot of files successfully — or really screw things up — all in one command. :)

Yesterday I ran into a situation where I had to edit over 250,000 files, and with that I also thought, "I need to remember how to use the Unix/Linux sed command." I knew what editing commands I wanted to run -- a series of simple find/replace commands -- but my bigger problem was how to edit that many files in place.

Linux: How to find multiple filenames with the ‘find’ command

Linux find command FAQ: How can I write one find command to find multiple filenames (or filename patterns)? For example, I want to find all the files beneath the current directory that end with the file extensions ".class" and ".sh".

You can use the Linux find command to find multiple filename patterns at one time, but for most of us the syntax isn't very common. In short, the solution is to use the find command's "or" option, with a little shell escape magic. Let's take a look at several examples.

Linux find command: How to find files not matching a pattern

Unix/Linux find "patterns" FAQ: How do I find files or directories that don't match a specific pattern (files not matching a regex pattern, or filename pattern)?

In my case I just ran into a situation where I needed to find all files below the current subdirectory that are NOT named with the filename pattern *.html . Fortunately with the newer Unix/Linux find syntax this solution is pretty easy, you just include the -not argument, like this:

How to use multiple filename search patterns with Linux find

Linux find FAQ: How do I use the Linux find command to find multiple filename extensions (patterns) with one find command?


You want to use the Unix/Linux find command to search for multiple filename types (or patterns). You know you can run the find command several times, one for each filename extension you're looking for, but there must be a way to search for multiple filenames at one time.