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Programming language: JavaScript
License: MIT License
Tags: Filesystem     Files     File     Delete     Remove     Fs     Directory     Folder     Dir     Gulpfriendly     Del     Rimraf     Rmrf     Rm     Trash     Glob     Rmdir     Cleanup     Cleaning     Clean     Unlink     Destroy    
Latest version: v6.0.0

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README

del Build Status XO code style

Delete files and directories using globs

Similar to rimraf, but with a Promise API and support for multiple files and globbing. It also protects you against deleting the current working directory and above.

Install

$ npm install del

Usage

const del = require('del');

(async () => {
    const deletedFilePaths = await del(['temp/*.js', '!temp/unicorn.js']);
    const deletedDirectoryPaths = await del(['temp', 'public']);

    console.log('Deleted files:\n', deletedFilePaths.join('\n'));
    console.log('\n\n');
    console.log('Deleted directories:\n', deletedDirectoryPaths.join('\n'));
})();

Beware

The glob pattern ** matches all children and the parent.

So this won't work:

del.sync(['public/assets/**', '!public/assets/goat.png']);

You have to explicitly ignore the parent directories too:

del.sync(['public/assets/**', '!public/assets', '!public/assets/goat.png']);

To delete all subdirectories inside public/, you can do:

del.sync(['public/*/']);

Suggestions on how to improve this welcome!

API

Note that glob patterns can only contain forward-slashes, not backward-slashes. Windows file paths can use backward-slashes as long as the path does not contain any glob-like characters, otherwise use path.posix.join() instead of path.join().

del(patterns, options?)

Returns Promise<string[]> with the deleted paths.

del.sync(patterns, options?)

Returns string[] with the deleted paths.

patterns

Type: string | string[]

See the supported glob patterns.

options

Type: object

You can specify any of the globby options in addition to the below options. In contrast to the globby defaults, expandDirectories, onlyFiles, and followSymbolicLinks are false by default.

force

Type: boolean\ Default: false

Allow deleting the current working directory and outside.

dryRun

Type: boolean\ Default: false

See what would be deleted.

const del = require('del');

(async () => {
    const deletedPaths = await del(['temp/*.js'], {dryRun: true});

    console.log('Files and directories that would be deleted:\n', deletedPaths.join('\n'));
})();
concurrency

Type: number\ Default: Infinity\ Minimum: 1

Concurrency limit.

CLI

See del-cli for a CLI for this module and trash-cli for a safe version that is suitable for running by hand.

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Related

  • make-dir - Make a directory and its parents if needed
  • globby - User-friendly glob matching