Linux/MacOSX : Search and delete files by extension

Continuing from previous tutorial on how to search for files by extension with find command. For this post, we will learn how to search for files that we want to delete.

To search current directory and directories under the current directory for files with .go , .py and .php extensions :

>find ~ -type f | grep -E "\.go$|\.py$|\.php$"

and to delete those files, simply add another pipe to rm command :

>find ~ -type f | grep -E "\.go$|\.py$|\.php$" | | xargs -I {} rm {}

Hope this helps!

  See also : Mac OSX : Find large files by size

By Adam Ng

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