Linux / Unix: Find And List All Hidden Files Recursively

I am a new Unix system shell user. I need to find and list all hidden files including directories on a Linux or Unix-like system. How can I recursively list all hidden files and directories? How do I save result in a text file?

You need to use the find command to list all hidden files recursively on a Linux or Unix like systems.

Tutorial details
Difficulty Easy (rss)
Root privileges No
Requirements None
Estimated completion time 2m

Syntax: Recursively list all hidden files and directories on Linux/Unix

The basic syntax is as follows:

find /dir/to/search/ -name ".*" -print

OR

find /dir/to/search/ -name ".*" -ls

OR search only hidden files:

find /dir/to/search/ -type f -iname ".*" -ls

OR search only hidden directories:

find /dir/to/search/ -type d -iname ".*" -ls

OR

find /dir/to/search -path '*/.*' -print
find /dir/to/search -path '*/.*' -ls

In this example, search $ HOME for all hidden files and dirs:

  find $ HOME -name ".*" -ls

Sample outputs:

 6553607    4 -rw-r--r--   1 admi     admi          100 Sep 22  2004 ./.cshrc 6553664    4 -rw-------   1 admi     admi         1024 Nov 17 04:40 ./.rnd 6553604    4 -rw-r--r--   1 admi     admi           18 May 20  2009 ./.bash_logout 6553665    4 drwx------   2 admi     admi         4096 Dec 18  2012 ./.gnupg 6553671    0 -rw-------   1 admi     admi            0 Dec 18  2012 ./.gnupg/secring.gpg 6553669    0 -rw-------   1 admi     admi            0 Dec 18  2012 ./.gnupg/pubring.gpg~ 6553673    4 -rw-------   1 admi     admi          899 Dec 18  2012 ./.gnupg/pubring.gpg 6553667    8 -rw-------   1 admi     admi         7856 Dec 18  2012 ./.gnupg/gpg.conf 6553668    4 -rw-------   1 admi     admi         1200 Dec 18  2012 ./.gnupg/trustdb.gpg 6553602   20 -rw-------   1 admi     admi        17462 Apr  7 10:55 ./.bash_history 6553610    4 drwx------   3 admi     admi         4096 Jan 16  2013 ./.config 6553660    4 drwx------   2 admi     admi         4096 Jan 16  2013 ./.config/htop 6553681    4 -rw-r--r--   1 admi     admi          597 Apr 11  2013 ./.config/htop/htoprc 6553723   12 -rw-------   1 admi     admi         9629 Mar 30 23:56 ./.viminfo 6553615    4 drwxr-xr-x   3 admi     admi         4096 Nov 29  2012 ./.original-configs

To save the results to a file called foo.txt, use a redirection as follows:

  find $ HOME/projects/ -name ".*" -ls > foo.txt cat foo.txt

 

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