If you ever want to use the Spotlight search functionality from a Mac OS X terminal window, you can access the same Spotlight information using the
mdfind command. Here are a few examples of how to use
mdfind to find files and directories on your Mac OS X system.
To find files with the word "alexander" in them, from a Terminal window you can use
mdfind like this:
Now, if you just want to find a file using a portion of the filename, use this
mdfind "kMDItemFSName = Java"
You can also tell
mdfind to look in only certain directories (like
MyPicturesDirectory), using syntax like this:
mdfind -onlyin MyPicturesDirectory
Here's the output from the
mdfind help command:
$ mdfind --help Usage: mdfind [-live] [-count] [-onlyin directory] query list the files matching the query query can be an expression or a sequence of words -live Query should stay active -count Query only reports matching items count -onlyin <dir> Search only within given directory -s <name> Show contents of smart folder <name> -0 Use NUL (``\0'') as a path separator, for use with xargs -0. example: mdfind image example: mdfind "kMDItemAuthor == '*MyFavoriteAuthor*'" example: mdfind -live MyFavoriteAuthor