How to Find Recently Edited Files on a Mac or Mac Server

Have you ever wondered, “Is anyone still using this folder?” or thought, “I know I saved a file here yesterday but I can’t find it.” Here is a handy way to find the files located in that directory:

1. Open Terminal

2. type “sudo find /users/bob/ -type f -mtime -3 -ls”

3. replace /users/bob/ with the directory you want to search in.

-type f means “files”
-mtime -3 means “within the last three days”
-ls means show detailed information about the files, including path, owner, and last person who edited the file