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As we all know, despite being named "Finder", the Finder is virtually useless at finding files.

In Mac OS X 10.6 (or any version), how can I use the command line (bash in Terminal) to find files modified today?

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There are several ways to do this in bash from the terminal - depending on exactly what you want to find:

Find files modified in the last 24 hours

find / -mtime -1 -print

Find files modified today (likely what you want)

find / -newerct 'yesterday' -print

or, using Spotlight

mdfind date:today

This can also be done from the GUI with Spotlight.

  1. Open Spotlight (option-command space by default).
  2. Add a criteria to search for, by hitting the Plus sign near the top right of the Spotlight window.
  3. Change the criteria to "Last modified date" is "today."
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Note that you don't need the -print at the end since find defaults to it and in most cases you want to replace the / with either . to find down from the current directory or ~ to find in your home directory rather than the top of the tree. – Tony Williams Jan 16 '14 at 5:46

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