Determining the number of files in a directory

Erik Cederstrand erik at
Sat Nov 3 12:53:36 PDT 2007

Daniel Bye wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 03, 2007 at 12:41:51PM +0000, Daniel Bye wrote:
>>> [...]
>>> Using FreeBSD-6.2 and Bash, how do I determine the number of files in a 
>>> given directory? I have tried all sorts of combinations using different 
>>> flags with the 'ls' command; however, none of them displays the number of 
>>> files in the directory.
>>  $ ls | wc -l
>> will show you how many files and directories in the current (target)
>> directory. To count just files, and exclude directories, you could try
>> something like
>>  $ find /target/directory -type f -print | wc -l
> Except of course, that would descend into the subdirectories you're trying
> not to count... Sorry - an object lesson in not hitting send before you've
> tested what you scribbled.

ls -aF | grep -v /$ | wc -l

is a quick, if somewhat ugly, way to do it. It counts the dotfiles too.


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