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PowerShell One Liner For Showing All Files In A Folder That Contain A String

Posted by md on September 29, 2019

Quick one today, this is probably the third or fourth time in the last few months I’ve needed to parse multiple files searching for a string, and each time I spend a little bit more time thinking about how to quickly do it than I’d like. So here it is for future reference, a quick one liner to print out the files that contain a string in a folder.

Get-ChildItem | % { if ((Get-Content $_.FullName) -match 'YOUR SEARCH STRING HERE') {$_.FullName}}

This assumes there are only text files in the folder, I recommend adding filters to Get-ChildItem if you have other file types too.

Now I just need to remember that I wrote this next time I need it…