Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9 How to Find/Search for File/Directory/Image/Path on Command Line Terminal

November 26, 2014 | By Zen BSD | Filed in: Tutorial.

Mac OS X locate Command Quick Start

This short Unix Tutorial Get you Started on Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9 with a Very Useful Shell Utility: the locate Command.

Everybody when Working on Linux, Mac or Unix need so Often to Find some Files, Directories, Images or Paths.

One of the Best and Fastest Ways to Find System’s Entities in Unix-like Platforms is Matched Using the “locate” Shell Command.

This Exact Procedure Works on all Mac OS X Versions, but some times the updatedb Command is Not Under the Same Nomination or Path like Here, so if you Do Not Find the updatedb on your System Look For a more Specific Tutorial.

Take the Time of Reading and Understanding to Get a Clear Insight

Mac OS X locating file/directory/image/path quick-start - Featured
  1. Open a Command Line Terminal Window
    Applications > Utilities > Terminal
    (Press “Enter” to Execute Commands)

    How to Find/Search for File/Image/Path/Directory on Mac OS X Command Line - Open Terminal
  2. Make a Command Alias to Update the locate Database

    nano $HOME/.profile


    alias updatedb="sudo /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb"
  3. Update the Locate Database:


    You’ll be Propted to Insert the root User Password
    You need to Wait for a little while Until the Locate Database is Updated…
    This procedure Should be Repeated Every Time you Use the locate Command and your System made some Signifitive Change.

  4. Simple Keyword Searching

    locate KEYWORD

    Whith this Syntax above you can simply Locating All Files, Directories, Images and Paths Containing the Given “KEYWORD”

  5. How to Automatically Update the locate Database

    Setup Cronjob for updatedb
  6. How to Refine your locate Search-Results

    How to Use grep with locate

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