How to Remove a Folder in on Linux/Mac
Are you wondering how to permanently remove a folder/directory on Linux or Mac from your terminal?
To check what your current directory is, you can use the
pwd command. And to list all of the files and directories in your current folder, use
rm -dcommand to remove empty folders.
- Use the
rm -rcommand to remove non-empty folders.
Or if that folder had files I also wanted deleted:
rm -r <directory-name>
As an example, if I was in a directory with
node_modules that I wanted to delete its contents I would run:
rm -r node_modules
⚠️ Caution ⚠️
This can't be undone!!! Your files will be lost, so be very careful before you use this command, especially the
rm -r, which can be particularly destructive if run in the wrong directory.
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