Ripgrep: a handy tool for recursive search

rrees profile image Robert Rees ・1 min read

Recursive regular expression search is a universal tool for code wrangling. It pretty much works on any source code tree and comes in handy when data wrangling too.

My favourite tool for this is ripgrep mostly because its defaults are highly sane and 90% of the time just typing rg 'strange text' just works.

It combines most of the features of awk and grep into one more modern, faster utility.

Interestingly a lot of the power and speed of tool comes from the underlying Rust regex implementation.


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