UNIX Delete / Remove Directory Command

How do I delete / remove a directory under UNIX operating systems?

You need to use rmdir command to remove a directory. It will remove the directory entry specified by each dirname operand, which must refer to an empty directory.


For example, to remove a directory called “cppcode”, enter:
rmdir cppcode

A directory must be empty before it can be removed. Use rm command to remove all files from a directory:
cd cppcode
rm *.cpp
cd ..
rmdir cppcode

You can also recursively remove directories and subdirectories. The directory will be emptied of files and removed using rm command:
rm -r oldletters

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20 comments… add one
  • Kiruba Oct 3, 2012 @ 6:27

    Thanks. It works.

  • karan Oct 11, 2012 @ 17:21

    if you do rm -fr cppcode, it will forcefully delete the directory(making it empty and delete).


  • Guru Oct 14, 2012 @ 2:14

    It helped me :) thanks a tone :))))))

  • Harun R Nov 12, 2012 @ 21:11

    You could also do a:

    rm -rf

  • shahebaz Apr 2, 2013 @ 5:38

    thaks bt i want more

  • srinath Apr 19, 2013 @ 13:57

    Thanks it works

  • Abhinandan Jun 10, 2014 @ 7:10

    thanks a lot..it solved my problem in a beautiful way

  • Anand Sep 25, 2014 @ 16:51

    rm -fr also removed forcefully.

  • avinash Mar 9, 2015 @ 11:58

    Is there any way to delete directory recurisively,,without deleting content of each directory .

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