I am trying to find mp3 and mp4 on my external hd.

I tried to follow these methods here.

How Can I Search A Specific Type of File in Mac?

This did not work

kind: mp3
kind: mp4

This was the only method that would seem to work.

find / -iname '*mp4' 2>/dev/null 
find / -iname '*mp3' 2>/dev/null 

I am using el capitan. After I click the other button the File Extension option does not seem to exist anymore.

Start a search with Command+F.
Click on the '+' icon on the far side of the taskbar
Select the type from the 'kind' pull-down menu. Select 'other' and then find 'File extension'

I don't see show all or file extension anywhere.

Open a Find Window (cmd-f) or do a spotlight search and select "show all"
Hit the little "+" icon (to the right of the 'save' button)
Select File Type as a search criteria and select the correct one.
Rerun the search.

This didn't seem to do anything.

  • So, uh... There's a method that works in your question: what exactly are you looking for? Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 10:21
  • @perhapsmaybeharry I would prefer a gui method because I can never remember that command.
    – cokedude
    Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 22:43


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