Find words in text files on the command line with the free Swiss File Knife for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
sfk find [opts] singledir word [word2] [word3] ... [-names]
search text in text files. if multiple words are given
then only areas containing all words are listed.
this is a basic command to search only static words.
type sfk xfind to use wildcards and expressions.
-arc XE: include content of .zip .jar .tar etc. archives
as deep as possible, including nested archives.
XD: demo will read first 1000 bytes of each entry.
-qarc quick read top level archives but not nested ones.
-case search case sensitive. default is case insensitive.
for details type: sfk help nocase
-bin do not autodetect file content, process all as binary.
can also be used for floating text files (one linefeed per
paragraph, not per line). may produce unwanted line breaks
with short-lined text.
-len=n increase the line length for text extracted from binary
to find longer strings. maximum is 600 approx.
-wide same as -len=300
-delim=.,; set delimiters to enable soft word wrapping.
default is to soft wrap only on white space.
-hidden include hidden and system files.
-c case-sensitive search (not default).
-lnum list line numbers of hits.
-nocol disable color highlighting of output (sfk help colors).
-names list only names of files containing at least one hit.
-count list no. of matching lines per file. implies -names.
requires -text option, cannot be used with binary files.
-quiet do not show "scan" progress info.
-pure do not list filenames, list only text hits without indent.
default when specifying a single file as first parameter.
-verbose tells in detail what find is actually searching for.
-nocconv disable umlaut and accent character conversions during
output to console. "sfk help opt" for details.
-firsthit show only first matching result per file.
-justrc print nothing to terminal, just set return code.
-head=n read only first n text lines from files.
search limitations within binary data
by default, only lines up to 80 characters are extracted
from binary data, so strings longer than this may not be found.
this can be changed by option -len=n or -wide.
no wildcards or slash patterns are supported, with one exception:
if you need to find patterns starting with "-" or "+", prefix
them with backslash \ to avoid misinterpretation as options.
return codes for batch files
0 = no matches, 1 = matches found, >1 = major error occurred.
see also "sfk help opt" on how to influence error processing.
aliasessfk findbin same as sfk find but reads also binary files.
see also--- open source commands ---sfk xfind search wildcard text in plain text files
sfk ofind search in office files .docx .xlsx .ods
sfk xfindbin search wildcard text in text/binary files
sfk xhexfind search in text/binary with hex dump output
sfk extract extract wildcard data from text/binary files
sfk filter filter and edit text with simple wildcards
sfk find search fixed text in text files
sfk findbin search fixed text in text/binary files
sfk hexfind search fixed text in binary files
sfk replace replace fixed text in text/binary files
--- freeware commands ---sfk view GUI tool to search text as you type
--- xe commercial commands ---sfk replace replace fixed text with high performance
sfk xreplace replace wildcard text in text/binary files
sfk help xe about SFK XE and xreplace with SFK Expressions.
web referencehttp://stahlworks.com/sfk-findexamplessfk find . foo bar include
search text files in current dir for the words foo+bar+include.
note that the short form syntax supports one directory name,
and any number of text patterns, but no file name patterns.
sfk find -pat text1 text2 -dir src1 src2 -file .cpp .hpp
searches within the specified directories and file masks.
sfk list src +find -verbose \-pat \\-foo \+list
find lines containing words "-pat", "\-foo" and "+list"
in all files of directory src, with verbose search infos.
sfk find testfiles class +view
search "class" within "testfiles", and show results
interactively in Depeche View ("sfk view" for details).