Find All Files With Given Text Using SearchMonkey GUI Tool In Ubuntu

At times we need to search files which contain some particular text or words in them. This often happens if you are a developer or programmer. Now, one can always use Linux commands to find all files containing specific text, but not everyone is command line fan. I have seen excellent programmers that rely on GUI tool than the command line.

If you too prefer GUI tools, than SearchMonkey is one perfect application for you.

SearchMonkey is your desktop search engine

SearchMonkey searches the directories recursively so that you can sit and relax while SearchMonkey does his work. Users can search for file names and contents using powerful regular expressions. This enables SearchMonkey to be much more precise when it returns hits.

In addition, SearchMonkey doesn’t just show you a list of files that might contain what you are looking for, it helpfully displays the content with the matches highlighted.

Install SearchMonkey in Ubuntu 16.04

SearchMonkey is available in Ubuntu 16.04 (and other versions as well) repository. You can install it via Ubuntu Software Center or by just typing the following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get install searchmonkey

Once installed, you can launch SearchMonkey from Unity Dash. The interface is easy to understand and easy to use.

Install SearchMonkey in Ubuntu 14.04

SearchMonkey finds the files you need quickly, and without building a drive map first. Each search takes place in real time, and results are displayed in context as soon as they are found! And above all, it’s a free and open source software.

About the author


Written by a community member, a reader who is not part of the It's FOSS writing team. The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect that of It's FOSS.

Become a Better Linux User

With the FOSS Weekly Newsletter, you learn useful Linux tips, discover applications, explore new distros and stay updated with the latest from Linux world


Great! You’ve successfully signed up.

Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.

You've successfully subscribed to It's FOSS.

Success! Check your email for magic link to sign-in.

Success! Your billing info has been updated.

Your billing was not updated.