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How to Delete Files and Folders via SSH

Janeiro 30th, 2018

Sometimes you would need to remove a file or a folder from the system. To do so using SSH, you would need to execute the appropriate command – rm.

The command in its simpliest form looks like:
  • rm myFile.txt myFile1.txt myFile2.txt

You would notice however that listing all files/folders that need to be deleted can be quite time consuming. Fortunately, rm accepts several arguments which can ease us. In the above example, we could type:

  • rm myFile*.txt

This will match all files starting with ‘myFile’ and ending in “.txt”

To delete a whole folder and its content recursively, you can use:
  • rm -rf foldername/
To delete all files/folders in the current directory, without deleting the directory itself, you would need to use:
  • rm -rf *

Please be very careful when using rm command, as it might have devastating effects on your website/server, should you delete a system file or a folder.