I am trying to find a way how to search in specific subfolders through the whole drive on my mac. I will try to explain what I need exactly; I have a folder with images called "Photos", which includes subfolders; each of these subfolders has a date as a name and includes at least 2 another subfolders called ORIGINALS and EDITS. Images in "originals" and "edits" folder have matching names. When I search using command+F in "Photos" folder, my results are duplicated and I want to be able to include only files from "edits" folder. Is this possible to achieve? Thanks

  • I don’t think this question is a duplicate of the linked question. This question asks for a way to exclude all folders named ORIGINALS nested somewhere within the Photos folder. Customizing a saved search to do so would require listing all such folders. Check out HoudahSpot. With HoudahSpot you can search the Photos folder and then filter search results to exclude results where the path contains ORIGINALS. Note: I am the developer of HoudahSpot. Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 8:27
  • Thanks, Pierre, I will try this option as it looks the closest to what am I trying to achieve.
    – Chris
    Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 1:56

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You can make a script that uses the find command and the dirname command to do this but as for doing it in spotlight somehow I don't think so. If you'd like to see a one-liner to do this on the command line I can do this, but it depends on what you want it to output- the containing directory or the full path to the file.


This is one of those situations I'd just use EasyFind - freeware from the App Store.

It's slower than Spotlight, as it doesn't use an index, but its search parameters are far more easily defined & no Terminal-fu required.

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