I want to scan a directory (there are no subs) and delete any file with an extension of .avi I tried this syntax, but no errors are thrown, and no files are deleted. This is the code I tried

get-childitem 'C:\Users\ramrod\Desktop\Firefly' -include *.avi | foreach ($_) {remove-item $_.fullname}

What should be altered in order to delete all the .avi files from the folder?

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    What prevents you from using rm *.avi? (Yes, that's valid PowerShell syntax because rm is an alias of del. – GiantTree Jun 20 '16 at 12:08
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    Technically, rm and del are both aliases of the Remove-Item cmdlet. – root Jun 21 '16 at 14:33

Use del *.<extension> or one of it's aliases (like rm, if you are more used to bash).

So it would be del *.avi to delete all files ending in .avi in the current working directory.

Use del <directory>\*.<extension> to delete files in other directories.

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    To recursively do this ls *.avi -Recurse | foreach {rm $_} – Kolob Canyon Jan 19 '17 at 0:31

Assuming the preferred method of opening a Powershell instance in the directory, a generic version would be as follows:

Get-ChildItem *.avi | foreach { Remove-Item -Path $_.FullName }

For a directory-specific version:

Get-ChildItem -Path 'C:\Users\ramrod\Desktop\Firefly' *.avi | foreach { Remove-Item -Path $_.FullName }

Add in -Recurse to Get-ChildItem to affect all contained folders.


Get-ChildItem *.avi -Recurse | foreach { Remove-Item -Path $_.FullName }

Suppose there are several text files in current directory.
dir * -include *.txt & dir *.txt work as expected but dir -include *.txt gives nothing. The reason is well explained on Stack Overflow.

Corrected command:
dir 'C:\Users\ramrod\Desktop\Firefly\*.avi' | foreach {del $_}


This finally did it for me - tried all above and nada.

get-childitem "<drive>:\<folder>" -recurse -force -include *.<ext> | remove-item -force

sure two -force is not required but that is what is working so that is what I am sticking with.

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