mdfind(1) search files matching a query in GWMetadata's database


mdfind [options] query


This manual page documents briefly the mdfind command.

mdfind is a tool to search for files matching a given query. It is part of GWMetadata, a desktop search and indexing system for GNUstep.


-onlyin 'directory'
limits the search to "directory"
reports also the score for each found path
reports only the count of each found path
-a [attribute]
if "attribute" is supplied, prints the attribute description, otherwise prints the attributes list
prints a help message and exits

The query has the format: attribute operator value, where "attribute" is one of the attributes used by the mdextractor(1) tool when indexing (type mdfind -a for the attributes list), and "operator" is one of the following:

not equal
less than (only for numeric values and dates)
less than or equal (only for numeric values and dates)
greater than (only for numeric values and dates)
greather than or equal (only for numeric values and dates)

Value comparison modifiers for string values:

Appending the 'c' character to the search value ("value"c) makes the query case insensitive.
The '*' wildcard can be used to match substrings anywhere in the search value.

Combining queries:

Queries can be combined using the '&&' for AND, '||' for OR and parentheses to define nesting criteria.


mdfind and GWMetadata were written by Enrico Sersale.

This manual page was added by Yavor Doganov <[email protected]> for the Debian distribution because the original program does not have one.


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