List files by last edited date


I have a directory: /home/user/

How can I list every file in this directory (including those in sub directories) and order them by the date that they were last modified?

11/8/2018 3:43:44 AM

Accepted Answer

You can use:

$ ls -Rt

where -R means recursive (include subdirectories) and -t means "sort by last modification date".

To see a list of files sorted by date modified, use:

$ ls -l -Rt

An alias can also be created to achieve this:

alias ll='ls -l'; ll -Rt
10/18/2018 9:18:20 AM

If you'd like a master list in which all the files are sorted together by modification date, showing the directory they're in, but not grouped by directory, you can use this:

find . -type f -printf "%-.22T+ %M %n %-8u %-8g %8s %Tx %.8TX %p\n" | sort | cut -f 2- -d ' '

The result looks a lot like ls -l:

-rw-r--r-- 1 root     root         3892 08/11/2009 11:03:36 /usr/share/man/man1/xmllint.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root     root        22946 08/13/2009 11:59:20 /usr/share/man/man1/curl.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root     root          728 08/17/2009 12:06:33 /usr/share/man/man1/thunderbird.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root     root          873 08/18/2009 10:52:47 /usr/share/man/man1/libgnutls-config.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root     root         2552 08/19/2009 02:00:34 /usr/share/man/man3/Purple.3pm.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root     root         9546 08/19/2009 02:02:00 /usr/share/man/man1/pidgin.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root     root         2201 08/19/2009 02:02:46 /usr/share/man/man3/Pidgin.3pm.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root     root          926 08/19/2009 02:03:05 /usr/share/man/man1/purple-remote.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root     root        18052 08/19/2009 04:11:47 /usr/share/man/man1/mono.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root     root         1845 08/19/2009 04:11:47 /usr/share/man/man5/mono-config.5.gz

Mac OS X

For those of you using Mac OS X, option -printf is not available on BSD find (you will get this error: find: -printf: unknown primary or operator). Fortunately you can Install GNU find through Homebrew (there should be an option to Fink and Macports as well):

brew install findutils

After install it the GNU find should be available to you as gfind. So, all you need to do is change the line above to:

gfind . -type f -printf "%-.22T+ %M %n %-8u %-8g %8s %Tx %.8TX %p\n" | sort | cut -f 2- -d ' '

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