Awesome Open Source
Awesome Open Source


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 book using these links:

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


Please open an issue if you spot any typo/errors.

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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