How do I find text within files in Linux?

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope
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This document is for users looking to finding text within one or more files in Linux and not how to find files in Linux.

Linux

One of the easiest methods of locating text contained within a file on a computer running Linux is to use the grep command. Below is a basic example of a command used to locate any htm file containing the word "help".

grep "help" *.htm

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