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find (command)

In computing, find is a command in the command line interpreters (shells) of DOS, OS/2 and Microsoft Windows. It is used to search for a specific text string in a file or files. The command sends the specified lines to the standard output device.

The Unix command find performs an entirely different function analogous to dir /s.


The find command is filter to find lines in the input data stream that contain or don't contain a specified string and send these to the output data stream.


FIND [/V] [/C] [/N] [/I] "string" [[drive:][path]filename[...]]


  • "string" This command-line argument specifies the text string to find.
  • [drive:][path]filename Specifies a file or files to search.


  • /V Displays all lines NOT containing the specified string.
  • /C Displays only the count of lines containing the string.
  • /N Displays line numbers with the displayed lines.
  • /I Ignores the case of characters when searching for the string.

Note: If a pathname is not specified, FIND searches the text typed at the prompt or piped from another command.


find "keyword" < inputfilename > outputfilename

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