Search Spotlight From The OS X Terminal

Search Spotlight from the OS X Terminal

Mac: While you can access the Mac's Spotlight search feature easily with the Command+Space shortcut, you might want a little more control over the results you get. Utilising the mdfind command in the OS X Terminal can make that happen quickly.

Take this for example:

mdfind -name homebrew

That command will tell mdfind -- the process that handles Spotlight searches -- to search by name and find any file name containing the word homebrew. It can do a whole lot more, too. If you want to learn the different kind of searches you can perform in the terminal with mdfind, check out its man page.

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