Remove file or directory in a batch file

Posted on 24-04-2013 08:19 by graham
If you want to remove a file or a directory in a batch file, use the rd command, which removes a path, no matter if it's a regular file or a directory.

An example of such batch file would be:
remove.bat
rd /s c:\some\directory
rd /s c:\some\regular\file.txt


The /s option tells the command to delete a directory with all subdirectories and files - the whole directory tree.

The script above, however, will ask you for confirmation every time it deletes a file. To run it in quiet mode (with no user interaction), use the /q switch:
remove.bat
rd /s /q c:\some\directory
rd /s /q c:\some\regular\file.txt
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