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I'm on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard). What's the best way to find a folder for which I'm not sure of the full name?

For example, I know the folder name I want is like:

  • "farm-animal-type"

But the full name may be something like:

  • "farm-animal-type-horse"

On Windows, I would just use the find tool through Windows Explorer.

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Take it to – Carl Norum Feb 19 '10 at 22:59
'Mac' not 'max'. For goodness' sake! – Dejw Feb 19 '10 at 23:00

If you take interest in the command line:

find / -type d -name "*farm-animal-type*"

you can change the starting area from / to whatever you want if you have a good idea of where the folder is generally located. Spotlight will be much snappier as the folders are indexed though.

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Should one take interest in both the command line and the snappyness of spotlight, one might find mdfind [whatever] interesting ;-) – trolle3000 Feb 26 '10 at 0:56
I prefer to use -iname to ignore the case of the folder. – Mark Thalman Mar 17 '10 at 17:40


In the top right of any finder window there is a text-based input for searching.

OR, the magnifying glass in the menubar on the top right of the screen.

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Or Command-Space if your Spotlight settings are still the default. – Kio Dane Mar 7 '10 at 17:17

Using terminal, you can do:

mdfind kind:folder "farm-animal-type"
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