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How can use dir command to check how many .txt files there are in a folder (for example, C:\Temp\)?

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dir c:\temp\*.txt

This gives you a summary of the number of files matching that particular wildcard.

dir c:\temp\*.txt | find "File(s)"

If you only want to see the count and don't want to see any of the filenames.

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If you need the count of files in a Batch variable for further processing, you may get it this way:

set i=0
for %%a in (*.txt) do set /a i+=1

After the for the i variable have the number of .txt files.

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At the command prompt, or in the batch script, type this:

dir|find /c ".txt"

This will get a list of all the txt files in the folder...

For ways to get a count of all types of files in a folder look here:


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for /F %i IN ('dir /b ^| find /i "." /c') DO if %i EQU 69 echo "the same"
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How is that a solution to the question? –  Oliver Salzburg Feb 4 '13 at 12:27
More explanation of what's going on and why would be useful. –  KronoS Feb 4 '13 at 14:52
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