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Find recursively all archive files of diverse archive formats and search them for file name patterns

I need to search for a file in all zip files in a directory.

Is there a tool like find that be able to search in ZIP files?

I tried this:

find /path/ -iname '*.zip' -print -exec unzip -l {} \; |grep -i '<filename>'

But this only prints path of file in zip file and not the zip file name itself!


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  • That's why I added the 'echo' to my command. – tripledes Aug 8 '12 at 23:28


for f in `ls *.zip`; do echo "$f: "; unzip -l $f | grep <file_name>; done
  • Hi; Thanks; Your command makes lots of mass output (because of file date,... that ls prints)! but changing it to this solved the problem: for f in *.zip; do echo "$f: "; unzip -l $f | grep -i <file_name>; done Thank you again. – RYN Aug 8 '12 at 23:31
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    for f in *.zip; do unzip -l $f | grep <filename> && echo $f; done ... Better this way ? :) – tripledes Aug 8 '12 at 23:34
  • bash: syntax error near unexpected token `;' – mjaggard Sep 29 '15 at 11:24
  • Also fails on filenames with a space in them if I put the code into a script – mjaggard Sep 29 '15 at 11:30
  • the same thing , but IMHO more user-friendly : while read -r zip_file ; do echo $zip_file ; unzip -l $zip_file | grep -i --color=always -R $to_srch; done < <(find . -name '*.zip') | less -R – Yordan Georgiev Sep 23 '16 at 6:25

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