Posted On 2005-11-1 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Command Reference
Tags: Windows Commandline Windows
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Search for a text string in a file & display all the lines where it is found.


      FIND [/V] [/C] [/N] [/I] "string" [pathname(s)]


   /V  : Display all lines NOT containing the specified string.

   /C  : Count the number of lines containing the string.

   /N  : Display Line numbers.

   /I  : Ignore the case of characters when searching for the string.

   "string"   : The text string to find (must be in quotes).

   [pathname] : A drive, file or files to search.

If a [pathname] is not specified, FIND will prompt for text input or will accept text piped from another command.

(use CTRL-Z to end manual text input)

For example:

If names.txt contains the following:

  Joe Bloggs, 123 Main St, Dunoon

  Arnold Jones, 127 Scotland Street, Edinburgh

To search for "Jones" in names.txt

FIND "Jones" names.txt


Arnold Jones, 127 Scotland Street, Edinburgh

If you want to pipe a command into FIND use this syntax

TYPE names.txt | FIND "Jones"

You can also redirect like this

FIND /i "Jones" < names.txt >logfile.txt

To search a folder for files that contain a given search string

FOR %G IN (*.txt) do (find /n /i "SearchWord" "%G")


Although FIND can be used to scan large files, it will not detect any string that is positioned more than 1070 characters along a single line (with no carriage return) This makes it of limited use in searching binary or XML file types.

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