How to Recursively Delete Entire Directory
PowerShell is a powerful scripting tool used to automate tasks on Windows operating systems. It can be used to quickly and efficiently delete entire directories, or folders, and all their contents.
In this blog post, we will discuss the basics of how to use PowerShell scripts to recursively delete an entire directory and its content.
Recursively deleting an entire directory consists of two steps: first, you must locate the directory you wish to delete; second, you must use specific command (cmdlet) to do the deletion.
Using Remove-Item Cmdlet
In this context, we delete directory
C:\Scripts\ and all its contents. We use switch parameter
Recurse to recursively delete the directory and its contents. We also use
Force switch parameter to force deleting the directory.
Remove-Item -Recurse -Force -Path 'C:\Scripts\'
We can also use the alias of
Remove-Item cmdlet which is
rm. It looks the same with Unix
rm -r -fo 'C:\Scripts\'
There are some other aliases which can be checked using
Get-Help Remove-Item command.
In case there is an error if the directory does not exist, we can use optional parameter
ErrorAction to silently continue the execution.
Remove-Item -Recurse -Force -Path 'C:\Scripts\' -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
Using .Net Objects
Since PowerShell supports .Net Objects, we can also use its libraries to perform the deletion.
$obj = New-Object -ComObject scripting.filesystemobject $obj.DeleteFolder("C:\Scripts")
Using PowerShell scripts is an easy way to quickly delete entire directories from your computer. With just a few simple commands, such as Remove-Item followed by some switches such as -Recurse and –Force, it is possible to recursively delete an entire directory with all its contents without any hassle or worry about permissions issues. Besides that, we can also use .Net objects.