How to Use ‘find’ Command to Search for Multiple Filenames (Extensions) in Linux

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11 Responses

  1. sudarshan says:

    copying alternate lines from file to specified directory

  2. Anusha says:

    How to find all .cpp files which consist of sub string shares in the file name?

  3. Karl says:


    Thanks for sharing.

    How to use the find command to search for a file with a range of dates?

  4. anonymous says:

    You can pipe the output of find to egrep:

    # find . -type f | egrep -i "[.]sh$|[.]txt$"
  5. vlad says:

    ls *.ext1 *.ext2
    seems to be way simpler.

    • Aaron Kili K says:


      That works but it may not be efficient and reliable enough for the job, especially when you want to search in several locations.

    • Surya says:

      ls” works only for current directory content listing. It won’t search files recursively in any sub directories if available. So, we need to use find command only which will search in sub-directories also.

  6. libreman says:

    Another way is using -regextype and -iregex switch, fore example:

    $ find . -regextype posix-egrep -iregex '.*\.(xml|txt)$' -type f

    The above command find all files with xml or txt extension.

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Thanks for the great tip, If find it really very useful commandline trick to achieve the same results, hope it will be useful to others..

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