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I want a list of the folders from the current directory or one that I specify with their size.

I have tried with du but I only get the size of the directories I specify (du . ./f1), and ls doesn't show the size of the folders.

How do I do this without any scripting ?

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not to sound like a jerk, but 'man du' ;) – Jakub Aug 3 '10 at 19:47
Thanks ;-) but I've already tried and couldn't find anything. And try Googling du! – kevin Aug 5 '10 at 6:39
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If you want to show all the directories in the current directory:

$ du -sh */
788K    foo/
500K    bar/
931K    baz/

To show them starting from another directory:

$ du -sh /path/to/dir/*/
48K     /path/to/dir/dir1/
4.0K    /path/to/dir/dir2/
6.7M    /path/to/dir/dir3/
20K     /path/to/dir/dir4/
8.0K    /path/to/dir/dir5/
44K     /path/to/dir/dir6/
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Thanks all great answers but this one is the simplest one. I forgot the ending / in my tests. – kevin Aug 5 '10 at 6:43

On a Mac, the --max-depth option is supplanted by -d [depth]. So, to see a human readable listing of your root drive plus 2 levels deep use the following:

du -hd 2 /* 

Note: this command will expose the top two directory levels off your root. This includes traversing one level into your Volumes, and will list the summary sizes of each top-level directory in each of your attached volumes. Depending on what you have attached, this command could take some time to complete.

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Another aproach is the --max-depth option.

du -h --max-depth=1 .

Will list all directories and files under the current folder with size.

Depth 2 would list one more level of folders.

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On Mac, it's du -hd 2 . for 2 levels of depth. – Ryan Aug 2 '14 at 2:12
Ah yes. And probably on FreeBSD as well. Thanks for the info. – matthias krull Aug 7 '14 at 11:25


$ du -s ./f1


$ du -sh ./f1

for more friendly readable sizes.

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Worth to mention the NCurses Disk Usage shell command.

Ncdu is a disk usage analyzer with an ncurses interface. It is designed to find space hogs on a remote server where you don't have an entire graphical setup available, but it is a useful tool even on regular desktop systems. Ncdu aims to be fast, simple and easy to use, and should be able to run in any minimal POSIX-like environment with ncurses installed.

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$ du --max-depth=1 /var/www/ | sort -n -r

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When adding an answer to an older question with existing answers it is good practice to explain how your answer is different and include some explanation so that it isn't a command only answer. – Jason Aller Jun 30 '15 at 16:41
Can you expand yourt answer to explain what the parameters do? – fixer1234 Jun 30 '15 at 18:59

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