How to Remove Directories (Folders)
In Linux, you can remove/delete directories with the
rmdir is a command-line utility for deleting empty directories while with
rm you can remove directories and their contents recursively.
- To remove an empty directory, use either
rm -dfollowed by the directory name:
rm -d dirname
- To remove non-empty directories and all the files within them, use the
rmcommand with the
rm -r dirname
If a directory or a file within the directory is write-protected, you will be prompted to confirm the deletion.
- To remove non-empty directories and all the files without being prompted, use
rm -rf dirname
- To remove multiple directories at once, use the
rm -rcommand followed by the directory names separated by space.
rm -r dirname1 dirname2 dirname3
Same as with files you can also use a wildcard (
* ) and regular expansions to match multiple directories.