Get-ChildItem cmdlet in PowerShell is used to retrieve a list of items (files and folders) in a specified directory. Here’s the basic syntax and some common usage examples:
Get-ChildItem [[-Path] <string>] [[-Filter] <string>] [-Exclude <string>] [-File] [-Directory] [-Hidden] [-ReadOnly] [-System] [<CommonParameters>]
-Path: Specifies the path to the directory you want to search in. If not specified, it defaults to the current directory.
-Filter: Specifies a filter to limit the results to specific files or folders based on their names. For example,
-Filter *.txtwill only return text files.
-Exclude: Excludes specific files or folders based on their names.
-File: Returns only files.
-Directory: Returns only directories (folders).
-Hidden: Includes hidden items.
-ReadOnly: Includes read-only items.
-System: Includes system items.
- Get a list of items in the current directory:
- Get items in a specific directory:
Get-ChildItem -Path "C:\Path\To\Directory"
- Get only text files in a directory:
Get-ChildItem -Path "C:\Path\To\Directory" -Filter *.txt
- Get all files in a directory, including hidden and system files:
Get-ChildItem -Path "C:\Path\To\Directory" -File -Hidden -System
- Get only directories in a directory:
Get-ChildItem -Path "C:\Path\To\Directory" -Directory
- Get items in the current directory, excluding certain files:
Get-ChildItem -Exclude "file_to_exclude.txt"
These are just some basic examples of how you can use the
Get-ChildItem cmdlet in PowerShell. It’s a versatile command that you can use to navigate and manipulate files and directories in your file system.
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