I have different folders with the name "templates" in various locations in my code. I need to list all the files within the folders with the name "templates"


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This will find all the directories with the name "templates" beneath the current directory and list all the files in them

find -name 'templates' -type d -execdir ls {} \;
  • Awesome this work great. But sometimes I have other folders within the templates folder as well. In such scenarios I want to do this recursively. Is that something that is possible?
    – Gokul N K
    Dec 6, 2016 at 6:07
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    Try this find -name 'templates' -type d -execdir find {} \; Dec 6, 2016 at 6:16

All files within templates folders, recursively:

find . -path '*/templates/*'

If you don't want the files in the subdirectories of templates folders (except for the templates/foo/templates/bar ones for course), you could use the -regex extension of some find implementations:

find . -regex '.*/templates/[^/]*'

If you only want regular files, add a -type f. For any type of files except directory, ! -type d.

If you only care for the files' names and not the path leading to them, with GNU find, add a -printf '%f\n' (and maybe pipe to sort -u, assuming the file names don't contain newline characters, to get unique names).

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