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A Beginner’s Guide How to count files in Linux. To count files in a directory in Linux, you can use the ls command along with some options to list the files in the directory and then pipe the output to the wc (word count) command
How to count files in Linux
Linux file-counting methods
Using the ls command and wc Commands
This method counts all entries in the directory, including subdirectories and special files.
ls -1 | wc -l
Using the find Command
If you want to count only regular files (excluding directories and other types of files), you can use the find command in combination with the -type f option.
find /path/to/directory -maxdepth 1 -type f | wc -l
Replace /path/to/directory with the actual path of the directory you want to count files in.
The -maxdepth 1 option ensures that find doesn’t go into subdirectories.
To count only text files in a directory as the command below
find . -name "*.txt" -type f | wc -l
Using the ls command with the grep command
This method is similar to the first one but filters the output using grep to exclude directories from the count.
ls -l | grep -v '^d' | wc -l
Here, the grep -v ‘^d’ command filters out lines that start with ‘d’ (indicating directories) from the ls output.
Counting Files with ‘tree’
You can count all files in a directory, including subdirectories as the command below
tree -a | tail -1
In this tutorial, How to count files in Linux. Choose the method that best fits your needs and use case. Each approach has its advantages, so consider the scope and specificity you require when counting files in Linux. I hope will this your helpful. Thank you for reading the DevopsRoles page!