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Search files possibly compressed with xz, lzma, gzip, bzip2, lzop, or zstd using regular expressions. See also: grep. More information:

  • Search for a pattern within a file:

xzgrep "{{search_pattern}}" {{path/to/file}}

  • Search for an exact string (disables regular expressions):

xzgrep --fixed-strings "{{exact_string}}" {{path/to/file}}

  • Search for a pattern in all files showing line numbers of matches:

xzgrep --line-number "{{search_pattern}}" {{path/to/file}}

  • Use extended regular expressions (supports ?, +, {}, () and |), in case-insensitive mode:

xzgrep --extended-regexp --ignore-case "{{search_pattern}}" {{path/to/file}}

  • Print 3 lines of context around, before, or after each match:

xzgrep --{{context|before-context|after-context}}={{3}} "{{search_pattern}}" {{path/to/file}}

  • Print file name and line number for each match with color output:

xzgrep --with-filename --line-number --color=always "{{search_pattern}}" {{path/to/file}}

  • Search for lines matching a pattern, printing only the matched text:

xzgrep --only-matching "{{search_pattern}}" {{path/to/file}}