Linux: Find User Files

by on July 3, 2009 · 2 comments· LAST UPDATED July 3, 2010


How do I find out all files owned by a user called tom or jerry under UNIX / Linux / BSD / OS X operating systems?

Use the find command as follows to find all files owned by a user called tom, in /home (open terminal and type the command):

find /home -user tom
find /home -user jerry

To find all files in the /sales directory owned by the vip group, enter:

 find /sales -group vip

You can restrict your search to *.c (all c files only) for user tom as follows:

find /home -user tom -type f -name "*.c"

You can restrict your search to directories only as follows:

find /home -user tom -type d


  • -type d - Find only directories.
  • -type f - Find only files.
  • -name "*.c" - Find all file ending with .c extension.
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1 Miguel August 24, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Excelent! just what i’ve been looking for :)


2 Abraham January 13, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Thanks a lot :)


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