How To Find A Directory In Linux

This blog post is tailored to help you understand the process of locating a directory in Linux. Understanding the Linux file system is crucial when it comes to finding directories, and this tutorial will guide you through some of the primary commands that simplify this process.

The “find” Command

The most common and straightforward way to find a directory in Linux is through the find command. The find command searches for both files and directories within the file system. The basic syntax is as follows:

            find /path/to/search -type d -name "directory_name"

In this command, /path/to/search is the directory where you want to start the search, -type d informs the system to search for directories only, and -name “directory_name” specifies the name of the directory you’re looking for.

The “locate” Command

Another useful command for finding directories in Linux is the locate command. Unlike the find command, which searches the file system in real-time, locate uses a previously built database of files and directories to conduct its search. This makes it faster but less up-to-date. The basic syntax for the locate command is:

            locate "directory_name"

This command will search for any directories (and files) that include “directory_name” in their path.


Locating directories is a routine task that every Linux user should be comfortable with. Both the find and locate commands are powerful tools for this purpose. They each have their strengths and weaknesses, but ultimately, knowing how to use both will make you far more efficient in navigating the Linux file system.

Happy searching!