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# what command to use to search for a word in a file on linux

The ﻿grep command can be used to find a word or a text (called pattern) in files under Linux:

grep "pattern to search" path

For example, the following command find all files in the current folder containing the string ﻿﻿text to find:

﻿grep "text to find" *.*

The following options may also be helpful:

• ﻿-r search in subfolder recursively ( or ﻿--recursive )
• ﻿-i ignore case in search pattern ( or ﻿--ignore-case )

The following command search recursively ﻿PaTTeRN in sub folders while ignoring case :

﻿grep -i -r "PaTTeRN" path

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