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Example based guide to mastering GNU grep and ripgrep

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Example based guide to mastering GNU grep and ripgrep.

The book also includes exercises to test your understanding, which is presented together as a single file in this repo -

For solutions to the exercises, see

See to keep track of changes made to the book.


You can purchase the pdf/epub versions of the book using these links:


You can also get the book as part of these bundles:

  • Magical one-liners bundle from or
  • Awesome Regex bundle from or
  • All books bundle bundle from
    • Includes all my programming books

See for list of other books

For a preview of the book, see sample chapters

The book can also be viewed as a single markdown file in this repo. See my blogpost on generating pdf from markdown using pandoc if you are interested in the ebook creation process.

For web version of the book, visit


Open an issue if you spot any typo/errors.

:warning: :warning: Please DO NOT submit pull requests. Main reason being any modification requires changes in multiple places.

I'd also highly appreciate your feedback about the book.


Table of Contents

1) Preface 2) Introduction 3) Frequently used options 4) BRE/ERE Regular Expressions 5) Context matching 6) Recursive search 7) Miscellaneous options 8) Perl Compatible Regular Expressions 9) Gotchas and Tricks 10) ripgrep 11) Further Reading


Special thanks to all my friends and online acquaintances for their help, support and encouragement, especially during difficult times.


The book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

The code snippets are licensed under MIT, see LICENSE file

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