In Linux (or Unix), to delete all files by an extension name, you can use the
rm command, for example, like so:
In the example above, the wildcard (
*) together with the file extension indicates that all filenames should be deleted that have a "
You could also partially provide the filename that starts-with, ends-with or contains a particular word:
rm foo*.pdf # remove all "pdf" files that start with "foo" rm *foo.pdf # remove all "pdf" files that end with "foo" rm *foo*.pdf # remove all "pdf" files that contain "foo"
To add more utility to file deletion via the
rm command, you can use one or more of the following flags:
-i # confirm before deleting each file -f # remove without confirmation, regardless of the file's permissions -v # be verbose (i.e. show files as they're removed)
-i flags are used together then the
-f option overrides the
For example, if you would like to be asked for confirmation before deletion of each file, then you could use the
-i flag, like so:
rm -i *.pdf
If you would like the files to be removed without confirmation (regardless of the file's permissions), whilst showing the file names as they're deleted, then you could use
-v together, for example, like so:
rm -fv *.pdf
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