This Terminal trick should only be used if the other methods don't work. Although they are great for security, deleting a locked file on Mac can be troublesome. Terminal is a Mac command line interface. This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. The first line tells the Finder to display all files, regardless of how the hidden flag is set.
Rm —iR Document If you insert —i in the command then each time it will ask you to confirm before deleting anything. If you want to re-run a command, tap the up arrow key until you reach it, then press Return. You can't get them back. The -r option tells rm to be recursive, and remove the entire file hierarchy rooted at its arguments; in other words, if given a directory, it will remove all of its contents and then perform what is effectively an rmdir. How to create and delete files in the Mac terminal If you're interested in learning more about using the command line, here are a few basic tips for creating and deleting files in Mac Terminal. So just run the command like this: rm -R Archives Remember, this deletion is final. If you want to make the window bigger, click on the bottom right corner and drag it outwards.
The Library folder contains many files and folders that relate to specific apps and services that you use on your Mac. If you want to know what directory you are in at any time, type pwd at the command prompt. You can then type the following. To see a list of all the commands available in Terminal, hold down the Escape key and then press y when you see a question asking if you want to see all the possibilities. Sometimes, however, I want to delete something permanently, as I know for sure that there are no future uses for it.
If I have a directory nested with files and folders within folders with files and so on, is there any way to delete all the files and folders without all the strenuous command typing? Here are a few examples. Obviously the file isn't going to mess up anything on my macbook, but I'm not sure about my Toshiba external hard drive. I'm the only user and 2. But, as you probably suspect, you can use the -i flag for protection: rm -iR Archives This will ask you to confirm the deletion of each item. . According to the man page, -d unlinks even non-empty directories when a superuser does it meaning that sudo rm -df should delete a non-empty directory. Many of you may not even realize how much-hidden data there is on your Mac, from basic things, such as preference files for user data and apps, to core system data that your Mac needs to run correctly.
More important than the ubiquitous. Note: There are keyboard shortcuts you can use force your Mac to empty the trash that you should try first. To being, open up Terminal. Example: Rm —R Document This will delete the folder permanently. To all those who have this problem in the future. A word of warning for those of you who are not familiar with the Terminal. Although this process takes an extremely long time with large files, I went back to trashing normally because 1.
In any event, though, -rf seems safer, since it does actually bother to delete each file. Maybe an item is locked. And as usual, you can combine switches: rm -r -i is just rm -ri, and rm -r -f is rm -rf. In fact, you'll find that accessing these hidden corners of your Mac is one of the steps in many of our Mac troubleshooting guides, as well as our guides to backing up important data, such as or. I now have the incomplete files on my flash drive and cannot delete them.
You will not see the password being typed into Terminal. Fortunately, Apple includes ways to access these hidden goodies in and the more recent. I was helping a friend by reformatting his pc and reinstalling windows because it was slow, when I was downloading the drivers for it on my MacBook Pro didn't have access to the router since it's downstairs and his pc didn't have a wireless card , it downloaded a folder filled with locked files, it comes several folders deep and all of the files are locked, fun. When using your Mac, you may find it necessary to perform a quick cleanup by deleting old files from your document folders, for example, or from the desktop. Commands are always executed in the current location. In this guide, we're going to concentrate on using the Terminal app, which provides a command line-like interface to many of Mac's core functions. When I use the rmdir command it only removes empty folders.
See our articles about , , and. What I would do is put the files you didn't want to delete in a folder before running these commands if there were less of them than you wanted to get rid of. In Terminal, type the following: rm -R Then type a space. So why bother using the command line? Be sure that there is a space between rm -Rf and the directory path. If you are in the root of your hard drive, it will delete your entire hard drive. Following such a cleanup, if you realize that you deleted a few files that you didn't want to delete and need to recover them, there is a way.
Every command is made up of three elements: the command itself, an argument which tells the command what resource it should operate on, and an option that modifies the output. It's enabled for bash in Ubuntu by default. You can't get them back. Basic Mac commands in Terminal The quickest way to get to know Terminal and understand how it works is to start using it. Anyway, I am going to use a bit of caution in this tutorial and you should to.