What is the windows equivalent of
rm -r [directory-name]?
What is the windows equivalent of
deltree if I remember my DOS
It seems it's been updated... this is what you want:
This removes the directory
C:\test, with prompts :
rmdir c:\test /s
This does the same, without prompts :
rmdir c:\test /s /q
Regarding the sudo part of your question, if you need more priviliges, you can first open a new shell as another user account using the
runas command, like this:
runas /user:Administrator cmd rmdir c:\test /s /q
For some reason there is a problem if you do this in Powershell. So just use Command Line of Windows.– DevidMar 31, 2015 at 15:00
rmdir /? will give you the full details of the command line arguments - S is "Removes all directories and files in the specified directory in addition to the directory itself. Used to remove a directory tree" and the other option is Q which is "Quiet mode, do not ask if ok to remove a directory tree with /S" Aug 24, 2015 at 10:48
If you want to delete a long and complicated folder structure from the command prompt that RmDir won't touch and not even explorer can display, I've found robocopy can be very efficient at removing the structure. In the example below we have a massive structure inside the folder administrator, the structure is so deep that nothing can remove it. We create a new empty folder called (strangely enough!) "new folder". We then use the robocopy command, telling it the source folder is "new folder" and the destination folder is "D:\Administrator" with the /MIR parameter which means it will purge anything not in the source folder.
robocopy "D:\new folder" D:\Administrator /MIR
In this case the folder paths were so long they would not even fit in the command prompt window Screen Buffer, but Robocopy will traverse the structure and remove any "extra" files and folders (ie anything not in the new empty folder, which is everything).
20This is the only solution that will work when your path is more than 250 odd chars long Feb 12, 2013 at 16:24
You can do the following in PowerShell, if you're on Windows Vista+ :
rm C:\path\to\delete -r -f[orce]
12Windows 10 says
-fis ambiguous. But you can run
rm -r -force <path>– BrunoLMNov 6, 2015 at 19:21
rm : The specified path, file name, or both are too long. The fully qualified file name must be less than 260 characters, and the directory name must be less than 248 characters:C Jun 28, 2021 at 14:53
For me, what works is
del /s dir
You can add
/q to disable confirmation. I've never managed to get
rmdir working (on XP)
5For me, this removes all files recursively, but is not deleting the directories themselves —
diris also not removed.– sergiolAug 18, 2016 at 17:23
For me what works is first doing this, then finish it off with the accepted answer (which doesn't work on its own, sometimes). Feb 15, 2021 at 12:42
If you have a really really long path, (like I did because of java program error), even robocopy cant do it. It descended for about 30sec into my path and then hung.
My solution: if you can move the whole problem path from one folder to another then you can cut away recursivly and repeatedly some directory stairs from the top.
This Batch plays pingpong between the two directories leer and leer2 and cuts away 8 'libraries' each time. If your path contains files, you have to add further commands to erase them.
recurdel.cmd :loop move c:\leer\libraries\libraries\libraries\libraries\libraries\libraries\libraries\libraries c:\leer2 rd /S /Q c:\leer\libraries move c:\leer2\libraries\libraries\libraries\libraries\libraries\libraries\libraries\libraries c:\leer rd /S /Q c:\leer2\libraries GOTO loop
From CMD Just run
RD /s C:\path\to\delete
Y to the prompt
/s ensures all the sub directories are deleted as well.
help RDfrom the command line
Remove-Item "Path" -Force -Recurse
In short (nearly
rm "PATH" -r -fo
This will delete "my folder" without prompt:
rd /s /q "C:\Users\gourav.g\AppData\Roaming\my folder"