How to Delete Files and Folders via SSH

Learn how to remove files and folders from your account via SSH

Sometimes you would need to remove a file or a folder from the system. To do so using SSH, you would need to execute the appropriate command – rm.

The command in its simplest form looks like:

However listing all files/folders that need to be deleted can be quite time consuming. Fortunately, rm accepts several arguments which can ease your task. In the above example, you could type:

This will match all files starting with ‘myFile’ and ending in ‘.txt’ and delete them.

To delete a whole folder and its content recursively, you can use:

To delete all files/folders in the current directory, without deleting the directory itself, you would need to use: