The output of find command is like


Now i want to get


from above string


Are you looking for that part of the path based on a fixed location from the left of the path or fixed depth from the right? If you are looking from the left you can do this easily with cut by using '/' as a field separator and grabbing the fourth field like this:

find ... | cut -d/ -f4
folder=$(basename $(dirname $path))

or, if you want to operate on the output of find (i.e. several paths, one per line)

find ... | awk -F/ '{print $(NF-1)}'
find ... | sed 's#.*/\([^/]*\)/[^/]*$#\1#'
  • Don't forget quotes around a variable expansion, so: $(basename "$(dirname \"$path\")")
    – alex
    Apr 20 '11 at 19:38
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    @alex, you don't need to escape the inner quotes -- they are protected by the parentheses (it's like a new "scope" for quotes). Fully quoted: folder="$(basename "$(dirname "$path")")" Apr 20 '11 at 23:18
  • Blows my mind, but that's true :)
    – alex
    Apr 21 '11 at 6:16
  • The outermost quotes aren't necessary; variable assignment is one of the exceptions to word-splitting. You do still need to quote $(dirname) and $path, though.
    – user1686
    Apr 22 '11 at 11:25

I would use awk.

Something like:

find /home -name "abc.png" | awk -F"/" '{print $5}'

If you want "folder1", then type "folder1" ...

If you want the second-to-last path component, this works in both sh and bash:


(assuming $path contains the full path)


Here's my try:

find . -name abc.png -exec dirname {} \; |grep -o '[^/]*$'

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