Simple question I'm sure. I've seen an answer that show how to do it including subdirectories, but I want to know how many files (not folders) are in the current directory only. Thanks.

7 Answers 7

ls -F |grep -v / | wc -l
  1. ls -F list all files and append indicator (one of */=>@|) to entries
  2. grep -v / keep all de strings that do not contain a slash
  3. wc -l count lines
  • List of everything except directories.
    – thom
    Nov 3, 2013 at 23:56
  • 1
    I really appreciate you breaking it out and explaining the sections, thank you for a working and well explained answer!
    – bcsteeve
    Nov 4, 2013 at 1:10
  • 1
    While all answers solve my problem, I'm choosing this one as its documented and easiest for me to understand. But thanks to everyone!
    – bcsteeve
    Nov 4, 2013 at 1:12

Try this oneliner:

find -maxdepth 1 -type f | wc -l
  • This is good, only files and nothing else :-)
    – thom
    Nov 3, 2013 at 23:55
  • This skips links and special character devices.
    – ojblass
    Nov 4, 2013 at 0:48
  • All answers here work great! So first, THANK YOU. Second... how do I choose?
    – bcsteeve
    Nov 4, 2013 at 1:09

Try this

ls -al | grep ^[-] | wc -l
  1. ls -al -- list all file with long listing format
  2. grep ^[-] -- search for string which start with "-" that is symbol for denote regular file when list file with ls -al
  3. wc -l -- count lines
  • What about soft links? What about hard linked files?
    – user85164
    Nov 3, 2013 at 23:23
  • Nice one, only files and links, nothing else.
    – thom
    Nov 3, 2013 at 23:58
  • For soft/hard link jut replace - by l
    – andr3w
    Nov 4, 2013 at 0:05
  • I really appreciate you breaking it out and explaining the sections, thank you for a working and well explained answer!
    – bcsteeve
    Nov 4, 2013 at 1:11

I just want to add thom's answer because I like to play with Bash. Here it goes:

echo "Directory $(pwd) has $(ls -F |grep -v / | wc -l) files"

Bellow is an example result of my /data directory:

Directory /data has 580569 file(s).

And bellow are my explanations:

  1. echo double-quoted-message will print a desirable message.
  2. $(any-desirable-valid-command) inside the double quoted message of an echo will print the result of related command execution.
  3. pwd will print the current directory.
  4. ls -F is for listing all files and append indicator (one of */=>@|) to entries. I copied this from thom's answer.
  5. grep -v / is a command for searching plain-text, the -v / parameter will keep all the strings that do not contain slash(es).
  6. wc -l will print line counting.

I know this question is 3 years old, I just can't hold my urge to add another answer.


If you have tree installed on your system you can use this command:

tree -L 1 /path/to/your/directory | tail -n 1

It shows you the number of files and directories in that directory.

-L n shows the depth of search.

You can install tree with sudo apt-get install tree.


Pure bash, no pipes, no subshells, no external executables:

_c() { printf '%d\n' $#; }
_c *
_c *.sh

Will fail with error if there are no (matching) files, which bash can avoid with shopt -s nullglob.


To count total number of files with specific extension you may type:

ls|grep jpg |wc -l

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