# Apache Ant Tasks - Delete

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## Description

Delete task deletes a single file, a specified directory and all its files and subdirectories, or a set of files specified by one or more resource collections.

## Properties

Sr.No Attributes & Description
1

File

The file to delete, specified as either the simple filename (if the file exists in the current base directory), a relative-path filename, or a full-path filename.

2

DIR

The directory to delete, including all its files and subdirectories.

3

Verbose

Whether to show the name of each deleted file.

4

Quiet

If the specified file or directory does not exist, do not display a diagnostic message.

5

Failonerror

Controls whether an error (such as a failure to delete a file) stops the build or is merely reported to the screen. Only relevant if quiet is false.

6

Includeemptydirs

Whether to delete empty directories when using filesets.

7

Deleteonexit

Indicates whether to use File#deleteOnExit() if there is a failure to delete a file. This causes the JVM to attempt to delete the file when the JVM process is terminating.

8

Whether symbolic links (not the files/directories they link to) should be removed if they haven't been followed because followSymlinks was false or the maximum number of symbolic links was too big.

9

performGCOnFailedDelete

If Ant fails to delete a file or directory it will retry the operation once. If this flag is set to true it will perform a garbage collection before retrying the delete.

## Example

### Usage

Create build.xml with the following content −

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<project name="TutorialPoint" default="info">
<target name="info">
<delete file="text.txt" verbose="true"></delete>
</target>
</project>


## Output

Running Ant on the above build file produces the following output −

F:\tutorialspoint\ant>ant
Buildfile: F:\tutorialspoint\ant\build.xml

info:
[delete] Deleting: F:\tutorialspoint\ant\text.txt

BUILD SUCCESSFUL
Total time: 0 seconds