Ultimate Guide to Remove Linux Directory and Contents

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Linux is one of the complicated operating systems. So, how you can remove directory and contents in Linux using command? Let’s learn to remove Linux directory and contents.

You can remove or delete all files in a directory using the rm command. 

Today you will learn the easiest way to remove directories on Linux.

How to Remove Linux Directory and Contents

For example, today in this article we will delete a directory completely using rm command.  We think that the directory is: /home/technewsal/videos

So, let’s remove this Linux directory completely.

  • Firstly, open the terminal application

Then to remove all files in this “/home/technewsal/videos” directory simply run this command.

  • Run this command: rm /home/technewsal/videos/* 
Run this command rm home technewsal videos

This will delete all files in the directory.

  • Lastly, to remove all subdirectories and it’s contents run this command.
Remove Linux Directory and Contents

rm -r /home/technewsal/videos/*

  • If you want to see which file is deleting or which is not deleting 
Remove Linux Directory and Contents Run this command rm v home technewsal videos

Simply run this command:  rm -v /home/technewsal/videos/*

  • Now if you want to check and verify is there any files in that directory
Run this command ls home technewsal videos

Run this command: ls – /home/technewsal/videos

  • By the way, if you see some files in that directory after deleting it.

You should run this command: rm -rfv /home/technewsal/videos/

Remove Linux Directory and Contents

Hopefully, this will remove all files in the directory “/home/technewsal/videos”.

To clarify and to be oversure it removed or not run this command: ls – /home/technewsal/videos

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How to Remove Linux Directory and Contents Command Explained

Here I use mostly rm command and rfv command. Therefore, Let’s know what these commands mean.

Some Most Asked FAQ’s 

What Is Mean by rm on Linux?

rm stands for remove and this is a command to remove something especially computer files, directories, and symbolic links, etc.

How to Use rm Command on Linux to Remove or Delete Directories?

Open the terminal run: rm /directory name/  This will remove everything on that directory.

What Is Mean by rfv Command on Linux

r means remove directory and f for force options and lastly, v means verbose option.


I hope now you can remove or delete any directory or files using the rm command. Hopefully, you enjoy our article “Ultimate Guide to Remove Linux Directory and Contents”.

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Abid Noyon
Abid Noyonhttps://www.technewsal.com
Hi, I am Abid Noyon. I am a student and as well as a Blogger, YouTuber, an Affiliate Marketer, and the founder of TechNewsAL.

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