Quick Tip: Use PowerShell To See How Many Files Are In A Directory

Here’s a way to see how many files are in a directory, using PowerShell.

As you likely know, you can use Get-ChildItem to get all the items in a directory. Did you know, however, that you can have PowerShell quickly count how many files there are?

I probably could have counted the files in this specific directory pretty easily myself, since there’s only 3 of them. If you want to see how many files are in an entire folder structure, use theĀ -Recurse flag to go deeper.

You can do this with any output from a cmdlet when it’s returned in an array of objects. Check this out.

In my test Active Directory, there are 7 AD users with a name that matches the pattern “Thomas *”.

4 thoughts on “Quick Tip: Use PowerShell To See How Many Files Are In A Directory

    1. Correct, do keep in mind this only works for PowerShell 3.0 and onward as those parameters were introduced in that version.

  1. This does return both files and folders though, so in that sense it does not return the count of files in a folder, rather the number of files and folders.

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