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Is there any good tool that I can use to get a browsable tree-view of the directory structure of a partition? Something like the tree view in the windows explorer. Additionally, I need to be able to export that file-list, so that others can view it without access to the partition.

To clarify, I am not interested in the files themselves. I just need a hierarchical listing of all files. Zipping them all up is not what I want.

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This may help: How To Print A Directory Tree From Windows Explorer – bgvaughan Apr 25 '11 at 19:58
If you want, I can write an AutoIt script to export the directory listing into plain-text in whatever style you would like. You could then write a program to parse it back into a directory-view like style. – Breakthrough Aug 4 '11 at 13:38
Related question at Stack Overflow. – trejder Dec 19 '14 at 21:43

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Assuming your directory tree is of reasonable size, you could also use the built in tree command, which produces a rather pretty looking directory tree. Unfortunately this prettiness is difficult to get working outside of a cmd instance, so you'll probably want to tell it to just use ascii characters with the /A switch.


From a small multi-level structure

|   +---A
|   \---B
|   \---A
|       \---A

You can then redirect this to a file using a command like:

tree /A ["directory path"] > tree.txt

Where the directory path is optional, but useful if you want to tree something which isn't the current working directory.

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You can also pipe this output to a text file by doing: tree E: \A \F > output.txt – xan Aug 4 '11 at 13:35
@xan; Whoops, that was the important bit of the answer and I completely forgot about it! Thanks – Phoshi Aug 4 '11 at 13:37
@xan just FYI, you need to use forward-slashes (/) instead of backslashes for command line argument identifiers. Backslashes are directory tree separators in Windows systems. – Breakthrough Aug 4 '11 at 13:39
@Breakthrough: Whoops - yes, tree E: /A /F > output.txt - mistyped my slashes! – xan Aug 4 '11 at 15:32
There seems to be a (small) limit to how much this can print. It stops part way through my files. – Bob Denny Feb 12 '14 at 1:08

If you want to use the code is very simple and the output is nice.


Get-ChildItem | tree


Get-ChildItem | tree > foo.txt

you can pipe the output to a Textfile.

Example Output:

Auflistung der Ordnerpfade für Volume System
Volumeseriennummer : 48E9-F43B
│   └───Evernote Import
│   ├───Apps
│   │   └───iftttcom
│   │       └───getpocketpdf
│   ├───Backup
│   ├───Camera Uploads
│   ├───Development
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While you most likely want the output of the TREE command (e.g. TREE /F > output.txt) in this case, if raw text as the output is fine, then you can run the following from a command prompt:

DIR C:\ /S > output.txt

Where output.txt will be generated in the current working directory, and contain a listing of all files and directories on the C: drive. If you want just an output of files with their full paths, run the following:

DIR C:\ /B /S > output.txt

It would also be a trivial task to write a program to parse the output back into a directory view style program for you to view.

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Use the following powershell command, also remember that you can export it to Xml, csv or to database. Also I have restricted properties to full name and name, you can use other properties like modified timestamp etc.

Get-ChildItem -Recurse 'Z:\temp' *.xml | Select-Object -Property FullName,name | Export-Csv directory_structure.csv
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You can also put the results directly into the clipboard (in Vista+):

tree | clip
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Although this has already been answered, I came looking here for the solution, but didn't find it.

Looking further, I found this :

With that I can follow the instructions of , and create a HTML tree of my Dropbox public folder, and in that way share a directory tree very easy.

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Open command prompt window --> Go to your directory path

Then run the following command to generate

tree /f /a > tree.doc

Above command will make the folder and files structure recursively and export to word document file. You can find "tree.doc" created in the same folder

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You could just use xcopy with the /T and /E option to copy only directories. That would get you a complete and browsable copy of the structure, and answers the first part of your question. Does not let you view files though...

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You could use an archiving tool, such as WinZIP that can zip an entire directory structure into a single file, that you can, for example, transfer on a network, or put on a USB disk. Some tools will also keep flags such as read-only, archive, etc.

Under Linux, my favorite tool for such action is tar, that will take an entire directory structure into a single file, which I can couple with gzip to actually compress the whole thing.

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Try this powershell script if you want to list the number of files in each directory from your current location...

$dirs = Get-ChildItem -recurse | Where{$_.psIsContainer -eq $true} ; ForEach($d in $dirs){ "{0,6} | {1,-1}" -f (Get-ChildItem -path $d.fullname -recurse | where {$_.psIsContainer -ne $true}).count,$d.fullname >> file_counts.txt }
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I have created a program specifically for this - Directory Snapshot.
It recursively iterates through a directory and stores the names and sizes of all the files and folders it encounters in neatly-structured HTML files, which have an organization similar to that of the input directory.
In other words, this can be thought of as a hyperlinked version of the dir /s or tree /f commands.

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I found the easiest way going to command prompt and entering (in my case I needed the K: directory)

tree K: > tree.doc

I chose a Word document since I needed something user friendly. Just select MS-Dos when opening it in Word and it'll look great.

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