Search for text in binary files

Posted September 16, 2003 by Quinn McHenry in UNIX

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Unix commands and examples for finding text in binary files.

To extract all text strings from a file, use:

strings filename

To search for all occurrences of the text “maybe” in the binary file filename use:

strings filename | grep maybe


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Quinn was one of the original co-founders of Tech-Recipes. He is currently crafting iOS applications as a senior developer at Small Planet Digital in Brooklyn, New York.
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