How to highlight and see a specific command that was executed in the Linux terminal?

Published August 12, 2021

To highlight and see a specific command that was executed in the Linux terminal, we can use the history command followed by the | operator (pipe operator), then the grep command and, the name of the command we need to see highlighted.

# Highlight and see specific command was executed
history | grep <YOUR_COMMAND_TO_HIGHLIGHT>

For example, let's say we need to highlight and see whether the ls command was executed in the terminal. To do that we can use the history and the grep command like this,

# Highlight and see specific command was executed
history | grep ls

The above commands do the following operations:

  • First, The history command will get all the commands executed in the terminal.
  • The output of the history command is then piped into the grep command and then the grep command will highlight the all ls commands which were executed.

The output of the above command may look like this,

See the execution of the above command live in repl.it.

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