How to replace text in multiple xml files in linux?

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by sallie , in category: General Help , 8 months ago

How to replace text in multiple xml files in linux?

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by gaston , 8 months ago

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by benny_schoen , 3 months ago

@sallie 

You can use a combination of find, grep, and sed commands to replace text in multiple XML files in Linux. Here is a step-by-step guide:

  1. Open the terminal on your Linux machine.
  2. Use the find command to locate all XML files in a specific directory. For example, to find all XML files in the current directory, you can use: find . -name "*.xml"
  3. Pipe the output of the find command to grep to filter out only the XML files that contain the text you want to replace. For example, to find all XML files that contain the text "oldtext", you can use: find . -name "*.xml" | xargs grep -l "oldtext"
  4. Once you have identified the XML files that contain the text you want to replace, you can use the sed command to replace the text. For example, to replace "oldtext" with "newtext", you can use: find . -name "*.xml" | xargs sed -i 's/oldtext/newtext/g' sed command explanation: -i flag: Modify the file in place. s/oldtext/newtext/g: Replace "oldtext" with "newtext" globally within the file.


Note: Before executing the sed command, make sure to backup your files or test it on a few files to ensure it works as expected. Additionally, ensure you have necessary permissions to modify the files.