How to find files using the terminal in Ubuntu

Use the command:
locate "filename"

This will search a daily updated database for the file. Note that newly added files (added after the last database update) will not be included in the search. for direct file system search, use find

locate will search for a any filename containing the phrase “filename”; filename1 & ourfilename will BOTH be listed! to be more specific, use wild cards. locate *.txt will only list filenames that end with a “.txt” postfix.

A practical way to use locate is to use it with “less”: locate filename | less

See manpages: locate(1) for more details.

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