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FastFind is a multi-threaded alternative to the standard Find module, offering increased performance on Rubies which can run Dir#entries and File#lstat calls concurrently (i.e. JRuby).

While it can operate as a drop-in replacement for Find, it's best used with a two-argument block which also yields the File::Stat object associated with each yielded path.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'fast_find'

And then execute:

$ bundle


Traditional Find-style (not recommended):

FastFind.find(dir) { |entry| frob(entry) }
FastFind.find(dir, ignore_errors: false) { .. } # => explodes in your face
FastFind.find(dir) # => Enumerator

Extended style using the second argument to get a File::Stat, or Exception object (if ignore_errors is false, this will be raised after the block).

FastFind.find(dir) { |entry, stat| frob(entry, stat) }

FastFind uses a concurrent-ruby executor to run, which can be customised by passing it as a named argument:

executor =, idletime: 90)
FastFind.find(dir, executor: executor)

Or while no concurrent find operations are in progress, to the module itself:

FastFind.default_executor =, idletime: 90)

Due to the use of a bounded result queue it is not recommended to use an executor with a bounded queue or which runs in the same thread as this may result in deadlocks or dropped results.

As with Find, FastFind#prune will avoid recursing into a directory.


Scanning a cached copy of the NetBSD CVS repository with default settings:

jruby (2.5.7) 2020-12-08 ebe64bafb9 OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM 15.0.2+7-1 on 15.0.2+7-1 +jit:

                       user     system      total        real
FastFind          20.492188  41.898438  62.390625 (  7.558871)
Find              14.742188  27.804688  42.546875 ( 42.355761)
FastFind as Find  33.648438  44.757812  78.406250 ( 26.047635)

These results highlight the importance of the two-argument version.

ruby 3.0.0p0 (2020-12-25 revision 95aff21468) [x86_64-freebsd12.2]:

                       user     system      total        real
FastFind          27.181013  26.598176  53.779189 ( 38.016831)
Find              10.672928  20.198666  30.871594 ( 30.878547)
FastFind as Find  27.008096  36.266163  63.274259 ( 38.832825)

Sadly the current implementation is a significant pessimisation on MRI, likely due to thread overhead.


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release to create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


FastFind: a fast multithreaded Find replacement for Ruby




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