How do I have a recursive search for filetypes in a Finder folder?
- no AppleScript
- no Terminal
- 100% Spotlight
Is this possible? Looking for
jpg file types. I am using El Capitan (macOS 10.10)
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kind attribute in your Spotlight search. For example, in the search dialog, type
to find all MP3 files. I have a listing of all the relevant attributes in this answer.
So, for a more relevant example, you would issue a Spotlight search with your search term in double quotes and specify the attribute as follows:
"search term" kind:mp3
If you have a location not indexed by Spotlight, the most efficient tool for doing this is the built in tool
find, however, since "Terminal" is off the table, you're options are limited.
Use Finder Search ⌘ CommandF and create a query for that specific location. Here's an example of a Finder search for images in my "Backgrounds" folder (and below)
Use a 3rd party tool. Disclaimer: There are many tools out there, but the good ones will usually have a cost. These are the ones I'm familiar with however, they are not what I use as I prefer to utilize built in tools like
mdfind and even
locate via the command line.