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How to list the directory content in PowerShell?
To display the directory content, Get-ChildItem cmdlet is used. You need to provide the path of the directory or if you are in the same directory, you need to use only Get-ChildItem directly. In the below example, we need to display the contents of the D:\temp directory.
When Get-ChildItem command is run outside of this directory then the path of the directory should be provided. This is called the absolute path.
PS C:\> Get-ChildItem D:\Temp\
When this command is run directly within the directory then simply run this command. This is called a relative path.
PS D:\Temp> Get-ChildItem
Directory: D:\Temp Mode LastWriteTime Length Name ---- ------------- ------ ---- d----- 13-12-2019 09:52 GPO_backup d----- 24-11-2018 11:31 LGPO -a---- 07-05-2018 23:00 301 cars.xml -a---- 29-12-2017 15:16 4526 healthcheck.html -a---- 29-12-2017 15:16 4526 healthcheck1.html -a---- 08-12-2017 10:24 48362 servicereport.html -a---- 08-12-2017 10:24 48362 servicereport1.html -a---- 08-12-2017 10:16 393 style.css -a---- 08-12-2017 11:29 7974 Test.xlsx -a---- 25-10-2017 08:13 104 testcsv.csv -a---- 12-12-2017 23:04 1034 testhtmoutput.html
Please note − Get-ChildItem command only displays the folders and files but not the content of the subfolders. To display the subfolders and their files, you need to use –Recursive parameter.
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