Linux / UNIX: Displaying Today’s Files Only

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How do I list all files created today only using shell command under UNIX or Linux operating systems?

You can use the find command as follows to list today’s file in current directory only (i.e. no subdirs):
find -maxdepth 1 -type f -mtime -1
Sample outputs:

./.gtk-bookmarks
./.ICEauthority
./.bash_history
./.xsession-errors.old
./.xsession-errors
./.recently-used.xbel
./.dmrc

In this example, find todays directories only
find -maxdepth 1 -type d -mtime -1
Another old but outdated ls command hack is as follows:
ls -al --time-style=+%D | grep $(date +%D)
See the find command man page for more details:
man find

Posted by: Vivek Gite

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16 comment

  1. Hi, I love the tips and tutorials that you provide.
    Technically, the commands above will find files that were modified in
    the last day, not created.
    Thanks,
    -manichattan

  2. This should give you files modified today (i.e. not last 24hrs)

    find -maxdepth 1 -type f -daystart -mtime -1

    -daystart
    Measure times (for -amin, -atime, -cmin, -ctime, -mmin, and -mtime) from the beginning of today rather than from 24 hours ago. This option only affects tests which appear later on the command line.

    1. Nice one thanks.

      I now use it with:
      less `find -maxdepth 1 -type f -daystart -mtime -1`

      which opens the latest file in less, useful for log files where only one file will have “today’s” timestamp.

  3. There is no present way to track in Unix/Linux when a file was created. Only when it was last modified. There is support for tracking this now in ext4, but hasn’t been added as it’s not standard.

  4. Hi ,

    This was helpful. But can anyone help me for a command which will display files in descending order of the timestamp or dates. Not able to figure it out.

    Help on this will be great . Thanks in advance !

    Regards,
    Ramesh

  5. hi, I want to get only filenames that are modified today.
    i tried
    ls -alog temp*.txt –time-style=+%D | grep $(date +%D). this gives me permission,size,date and filename. pls suggest how can i get only the filename.

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