How to search for file extensions???

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mlock, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. mlock macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2009
    hello i have connected a network drive to my mac which i can view all files & folders. My question is how can i seach to this network drive only for *.rar files.

    I do the following

    Devices->Mp3 1 (inside here i have many rar files which are albums and i want to find them)
    After i click cmd+F and i click search: Mp3 1
    After i change the kind to File extension
    and i complete at the space the letters rar

    No luck at all, anyone could please help me.

    thank you
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    I just tried the same on a network drive and didn't have any issues. Can you perform the same type of search on your local drive? Also, make sure not to use wild cards e.g., *.mp3, as it won't understand that. Another thing to check, once you do the cmd+F to enter the search mode, make sure you're selected on the button with your folder name just above where you setup the search criteria. By default it selects "This Mac" rather than the folder you were in before entering search mode.

    Something to try for troubleshooting. Open Terminal and head to your network drive that you're searching.
    cd /Volumes/NetworkHD/folder
    Then do a search for the files.
    find . *.rar
    and see if that finds anything.
  3. Signal-11 macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    2nd Star to the Right
    Make sure "File Name" is selected instead of "Contents" after cmd+F

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