How To Find A Folder In Linux

Linux, like other operating systems, organizes its files in a hierarchical directory structure. However, unlike Windows, which uses drives (C:, D:, etc.), Linux’s file system starts from a single root directory represented by a forward slash /. So, finding a specific folder can be a bit tricky if you’re not familiar with the command line interface. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

The ‘find’ Command

One of the most powerful commands in Linux for searching files and folders is the find command. This command searches for files or directories under a specified directory recursively.

Basic Usage

The basic usage of the find command is as follows:

find [where to start searching from] [expression determines what to find]

If you don’t specify the directory to start searching from, the find command will start from the current directory.

Find a Specific Folder by Name

To find a folder by its name, you can use the -name option followed by the name of the folder. For example, to find a folder named “MyFolder”, you would use the following command:

find / -type d -name "MyFolder"

The -type d tells find to only look for directories (not files), and -name “MyFolder” specifies the name of the directory you are looking for.

Case Insensitive Search

By default, the -name option is case sensitive. However, if you want to perform a case insensitive search, you can use the -iname option:

find / -type d -iname "myfolder"

This command will find directories named “MyFolder”, “myfolder”, “MYFOLDER”, etc.


Understanding how to efficiently search for files and folders is a fundamental skill when navigating Linux’s command line interface. The find command is a powerful tool in your arsenal, offering robust and flexible search options. As always, you can use the man find command to learn more about find and its many options.