How to find large files in Linux

Chris Worner

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Are there any commands that allow me find top 10 large files in my VPS Linux?
I tried some ways but not successfully
 

sh-admin

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enter the directory where you need to find the large files and use the below command

du -sh *

and it will give you the list of the files with its sizes ... this command takes time to execute as it counts the files size so be patient.
 

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As sh-admin said du is very flexible command.
You can also use:

find / -size +50M -exec ls -lh {} \; | awk '{print $5" - "$9}'

This will scan the the file system from / for any files larger than 50MB
 

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Here's mine

du -a /var | sort -n -r | head -n 10
This command will display top 10 biggest files on whole your Linux.
 

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Although not directly related, you may also find the following useful as well in terms of hunting down usage based on inode/file count. Very useful when hunting down email accounts with ridiculously large file counts.

Code:
find / -xdev -printf '%h\n' | sort | uniq -c | sort -k 1 -n
 

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I'd suggest using this: du -sh * | sort -h

It will show you the biggest files in the directory in order of biggest to smallest.
 

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I'd suggest using this: du -sh * | sort -h

It will show you the biggest files in the directory in order of biggest to smallest.
Nice command @SolaDrive

What parameter can I show from smallest to biggest files?

Code:
cd /
for i in *; do echo -e "$(find $i | wc -l)\t$i"; done | sort -n
I use this. Seems to be faster.
What does it mean in your command?
 

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Nice command @SolaDrive

What parameter can I show from smallest to biggest files?



What does it mean in your command?

From biggest to smallest:

for X in $(du -s * | sort -nr | cut -f 2); do du -hs $X ; done
 

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You may use the below command.

du -a /var | sort -n -r | head -n 10

Replace 10 for the number of files you want to display.
 

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Hello,


Syntax for RedHat / CentOS / Fedora Linux

find {/path/to/directory/} -type f -size +{size-in-kb}k -exec ls -lh {} \; | awk '{ print $9 ": " $5 }'

Search or find big files Linux (50MB) in current directory, enter:
$ find . -type f -size +50000k -exec ls -lh {} \; | awk '{ print $9 ": " $5 }'

Search in my /var/log directory:
# find /var/log -type f -size +100000k -exec ls -lh {} \; | awk '{ print $9 ": " $5 }'
Syntax for Debian / Ubuntu Linux

find {/path/to/directory} -type f -size +{file-size-in-kb}k -exec ls -lh {} \; | awk '{ print $8 ": " $5 }'

Search in current directory:
$ find . -type f -size +10000k -exec ls -lh {} \; | awk '{ print $8 ": " $5 }'


You can also use ls command:
$ ls -lS
$ ls -lS | less
$ ls -lS | head +10
 

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If you will fire the below command then the linux server will display the file with it's size -
du -sch *

If you would like to know the file size of hidden files to then please fire below command -
du -hs .[!.]*

Sort the file size in ascending order -
$ ls -S
$ ls -S -l

OR
find . -type f -print0 | xargs -0 du -h | sort -rh
 
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find / -xdev -type f -size +100M -exec du -sh {} ';' | sort -rh | head -n10

You can adjust the -size option to the file size optimal for you system, for example if you get too less results, you should specify a smaller file size.
 
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