Alternatives to popular CLI tools: find

Last Updated on June 4, 2023

This article spotlights alternative tools to find.

Man page for the find command

The software featured here is free and open source. All tools provide a command-line interface (CLI) unless otherwise stated.

Alternatives to find
fdSimple, fast and user-friendly alternative to 'find'
fzfGeneral-purpose command-line fuzzy finder
bfindMinimalistic find using breadth-first crawling
ffindSane replacement for command line file search
friendly-findFriendly file finder
bfsBreadth-first search for your files
fselectFind files with SQL-like queries
Have we missed any open source alternatives to find? Please let us know!
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Alternatives to CLI tools
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There are find-like utilities that have a GUI. Examples include: findwild and KFind.

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7 months ago
Have we missed any open source alternatives to find? Please let us know!" Read more »

How about fselect? It doesn’t intend to be a replacement for find but I think it’s still a good alternative.