I'm looking for a command to list all files in a directory with ls command.

Requirements: - Alphabetically - Folders first, then files (both alphabetically) - No timestamps or other information, just the plain names

I've been experimenting and assembled this command but it's nowhere close to what I need:

ls -la | rev | cut -d' ' -f 1| rev

I would like an output like this (folders need to have a blue color):


  • @Rinzwind Yes, that's almost what I need. I've updated my question to make it more clear what I need. So now I need to get rid off all the info like owner, timestamp, ... Because of the grep, the 'd' is colored red. I want all directory names to be colored in blue (or other color). – Michiel Mulders Aug 28 '17 at 11:45
  • Yes that's a good answer as well! Thanks! Works as I wanted! Do you think it possible to add a blank line? – Michiel Mulders Aug 28 '17 at 11:52

At least with recent versions of ls, you can add the option --group-directories-first to get a listing with directories above plain files. Your ls command is probably already aliased to use --color=auto but if not, you can add that (you could use --color=always, but that may cause undesirable results if you ever use the command in a pipe). Finally, -1 causes the output to be presented in a single column. So the full command would be

ls -1 --color=auto --group-directories-first
  • Create an alias in ~/.bashrc to make the entire expression accessible via a short custom command. For example append this line (alias dir="ls -1 --color=auto --group-directories-first") to the end of ~/.bashrc; then source ~/.bashrc and you will be able to use dir instead of the entire expression from the answer. – pa4080 Aug 30 '17 at 19:06

@Bruni answered with the tree command but removed it? This was actually a good answer, I dug into the man and found the solution: tree -L 1 --dirsfirst

This is the output:

├── docs
├── media
├── node_modules
├── src
├── test
├── API.md
├── package.json
├── README.md
├── webpack.config.js
└── yarn.lock

5 directories, 8 files

How to get rid of the line '5 dirs, 8 files' without losing the color coding on the folders?

Edit: @steeldriver, thanks for your reply as well: ls -1 --color=auto --group-directories-first

  • 1
    To omit the '5 dirs, 8 files' summary, try adding --noreport – steeldriver Aug 28 '17 at 12:41

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