Remove all files from a directory?

  • To remove the folder with all its contents(including all interior folders):
  • To remove all the contents of the folder(including all interior folders) but not the folder itself:
  • To remove all the “files” from inside a folder(not removing interior folders):


  • rm – stands for “remove
  • -f – stands for “force” which is helpful when you don’t want to be asked/prompted if you want to remove an archive, for example.
  • -r – stands for “recursive” which means that you want to go recursively down every folder and remove everything.