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How to list all files in a directory with Python

There are many ways you can go about listing files and subfolders within a directory with Python. In this post, we’ll be looking at two commonly used solutions: the listdir() function from the os module and the glob function from the glob module. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

Method 1: The os.listdir() function

Given a path, this function will list the names of all the files and directories in that path. Keep in mind that the returned list does not include the special entries '.' and '..':

This is an example of a directory:


import os

# the path is the current directory
lst = os.listdir('.')


# ['dir1', 'file2.txt', 'file1.txt', 'dir2']

Method 2: The glob.glob() function:

The glob() function from the glob module also returns a list of the names of all files and subfolders in a directory:

import glob

# use the asterisk (*) wildcard to select everything in the current directory
lst = glob.glob('*') 


# ['dir1', 'file2.txt', 'file1.txt', 'dir2']

That’s all for this post. Till the next one 🙂

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