How can I list the largest 3 directories/files which are directly (not recursive) in my home directory using a command?

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    you can use du -a . | sort -nr | head to list top 10 files or directories based upon size.
    – Tarun
    Jan 28, 2014 at 8:04
  • Do you want to recurse into subdirectories of your Home, or do you want the largest 3 folders directly in your home folder? This is not clear in your question.
    – kiri
    Jan 28, 2014 at 8:22
  • Thats is my fault i want largest 3 directories directly found in home folder
    – Maythux
    Jan 28, 2014 at 8:24
  • This doesn't directly answer your question, but ncdu is a pretty amazing tool to use if you want to find out what's using up your disk space.
    – nyuszika7h
    Mar 15, 2015 at 0:09

2 Answers 2


You can use these commands:

shopt -s dotglob
du -hs  "$HOME"/* | sort -hr | head -n3

Example output:

16G     /home/me/.local
455M    /home/me/.minecraft
417M    /home/me/.cache
  • It goes recursive so that in my case i obtain the same size twice one for the file and one for the directory contains the file.
    – Maythux
    Jan 28, 2014 at 8:16
  • 13G /home/maythux/VirtualBox VMs/server/server.vdi 13G /home/maythux/VirtualBox VMs/server
    – Maythux
    Jan 28, 2014 at 8:16
  • @maythux To fix that, just remove the -a option. Also, can you raise your queries with my answer in comments instead of in your own answer?
    – kiri
    Jan 28, 2014 at 8:17
  • ok i do it but still taking much time i think that the command i tried is faster.. try yourself
    – Maythux
    Jan 28, 2014 at 8:18
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    I don't know why this answer got a thumb down. This is working fine and also returns the size in Human readable format with G, M or K. Jan 28, 2014 at 8:50

I found this command which is so fast with respect to other answers

du -sm * | sort -nr | head -3
  • Yes your answer is fast, but hard to guess whether you size is in bytes, kb, mb or gb.. :D Although +1 for fast answer.. Jan 28, 2014 at 8:52
  • How is this "faster"? And you don't meet your own request - searching in your home directory.
    – guntbert
    Feb 22, 2014 at 16:11

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