list.files {base}R Documentation

List the Files in a Directory/Folder


This function produces a list containing the names of files in the named directory. dir is an alias.


list.files(path = ".", pattern = NULL, all.files = FALSE,
           full.names = FALSE, recursive = FALSE)
       dir(path = ".", pattern = NULL, all.files = FALSE,
           full.names = FALSE, recursive = FALSE)


path a character vector of full path names; the default corresponds to the working directory getwd().
pattern an optional regular expression. Only file names which match the regular expression will be returned.
all.files a logical value. If FALSE, only the names of visible files are returned. If TRUE, all file names will be returned.
full.names a logical value. If TRUE, the directory path is prepended to the file names. If FALSE, only the file names are returned.
recursive logical. Should the listing recurse into directories?


A character vector containing the names of the files in the specified directories, or "" if there were no files. If a path does not exist or is not a directory or is unreadable it is skipped, with a warning.
The files are sorted in alphabetical order, on the full path if full.names = TRUE.


File naming conventions are very platform dependent.

recursive = TRUE is not supported on all platforms, and may be ignored, with a warning.


Ross Ihaka, Brian Ripley

See Also, file.access and files for many more file handling functions and file.choose and choose.files for interactive selection.


## Only files starting with a-l or r (*including* uppercase):
dir("../..", pattern = "^[a-lr]",full.names=TRUE)

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