Sometimes you may need to list all files in a directory in Linux, or list all files in directory recursively with full paths of files in directory. Here’s how to list all files in a directory in Linux
How to List All Files in a Directory in Linux
Here are the commands to list all files in a directory in Linux.
Here’s the command to list all files in a specific directory
$ ls /path/to/dir
Here’s an example to list all files and sub folders in a specific directory (e.g /home/products)
~$ ls /home/products Apps bkp blog.ods Getting Started.pdf Photos Public
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You can use the -a option to list all files in a directory including hidden files (starting with . filename)
$ ls -a /home/products . Apps blog.ods .dropbox.cache Photos .. bkp .dropbox Getting Started.pdf Public
You can use the -l option to list all files in directory with more details such as user permissions, owners, file size, and last modified date
$ ls -l /home/products total 476 drwxrwxr-x 3 ubuntu ubuntu 4096 Oct 7 2018 Apps drwxrwxr-x 2 ubuntu ubuntu 4096 Aug 20 06:15 bkp -rw-rw-r-- 1 ubuntu ubuntu 175560 Apr 6 2018 blog.ods -rw-rw-r-- 1 ubuntu ubuntu 268860 Feb 5 2011 Getting Started.pdf drwxrwxr-x 2 ubuntu ubuntu 4096 Oct 7 2018 Photos drwxrwxr-x 2 ubuntu ubuntu 4096 Oct 7 2018 Public
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You can list all files in a directory recursively using -R option
$ ls -R /home/products /home/products/: Apps bkp blog.ods Getting Started.pdf Photos Public /home/products/Apps: Crossbox /home/products/Apps/Crossbox: /home/products/bkp: an_blog_file.gz fed_file.gz myapp_Saturday.gz myapp_Tuesday.gz blog_file.gz myapp_Friday.gz myapp_Sunday.gz myapp_Wednesday.gz db_blog_file.gz myapp_Monday.gz myapp_Thursday.gz wb_blog_file.gz /home/products/Photos: How to use the Photos folder.rtf /home/products/Public: How to use the Public folder.rtf
Hopefully, now you can easily list files in directory Linux / Unix.
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