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Linux / Unix: Find Hidden Directories, Files and Folders

I‘m a new Unix user and trying to find the hidden directory called .movies but I do not know where it is on the file system. How do I find a hidden folder or directories under Unix like operating systems?

You can use the find command to locate files. The syntax is:

find /path/to/search -name "folder"
find /path/to/search -name "dir1"
find /path/to/search -name ".dir2"
find /path/to/search -name "filename.txt"
find /path/to/search -name "dir*"

Open the command prompt (bash shell). To search the hidden folder called .movies in your own home directory, enter:

find $HOME -name ".movies"

Or

find ~ -name ".movies"

To search the entire hard disk, enter:

su -
find / -name ".movies"

OR use sudo directly

sudo find / -name ".movies"

To match case insensitive directories name i.e. find .movies, .Movies, .MOVES and so on, enter:

sudo find / -iname ".movies"
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  • Orv October 24, 2012, 3:07 am

    For those systems that support it (most), the ‘locate’ command is very fast, since it uses a hashed database of locations which is updated nightly.

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