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How can I list folders from within the terminal, which command should I use?

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If you want to be able to distinguish folders from files easily, use something like ls -alhF. I usually define l as an alias for that, ie. I put the line alias l='ls -alhF' in my .bashrc.

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to list only folders try: ls -d */

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How to show hidden folders as well? ls -d .*/ shows only hidden folders. How to view BOTH hidden and non-hidden folders? I can only think of ls -d */ .*/ Anything better? – LFC_fan Oct 26 '10 at 13:16
well, you can try ls -la | grep ^d but it is much longer :) – Paweł Karpiński Oct 26 '10 at 13:40

As I am a very inexperienced user I love this website. It tells you all you want to know about bash commands, in some cases it even gives you examples. Very useful.

In your case:

  • ls to list the files
  • ls -a to include hidden files
  • ls -l for a long listing format
  • ...
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ls -1 -d */



lists one directory per line.

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ls -al | grep ^d

include hidden files '-a' grep ^d get start with 'd' wich means directory when name starts with dot directory is hidden

to list recursively see this

find ./ -type d | less
./ ..................... means starts find in current folder
-type .................. indicates the type to be searched
d ...................... means directory
| ...................... redirects the command
less ................... enables paging using the keyboard arrows and leave with q
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ls will list the files.

ls -l will list the files with details (such as file size).

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