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Remove all files but one with rm

In unix, to remove zip files in a directory one can simply type

rm *.zip

How can one remove everything except zip files?

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rm !(*.zip)

This appears to work. The ! represents "not".

extglob needs to be enabled in the shell behavior settings for this to work. It is probably already enabled... but if not, enable it with:

shopt -s extglob

And after answering this... indeed Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams you are correct. It is pretty much duplicate.

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  • Thank you for adding the mention of extglob! I was able to run this command in the normal interactive prompt without a hitch, but then when trying something like echo !(*.zip) in a script, I would always get a syntax error. Adding that option fixed it! – eacousineau May 4 '14 at 13:57

Try creating a list then removing the file from the list.


ls $yourDir | grep -v .zip > deleteThis.list

the call

xargs rm < deleteThis.list

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  • 3
    Why not just rm $(ls | grep -v *.zip) ? :) – John T Jan 17 '11 at 4:02
  • There's that too! :) – Dan M. Jan 17 '11 at 16:28
  • @JohnT I know you posted that answer more than six years ago, but it helped me today. Thank you!!! – ShiningLight Aug 17 '17 at 20:17

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