Get Directory Properties in Windows PowerShell

Q

How to get directory properties in Windows PowerShell? I want to know how many files are there in a directory.

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A

If you want to get measurement properties of a directory in Windows PowerShell like total file size, you can use the "Get-ChildItem ... -Recurse | Measure-Object -Sum Length" pipeline.

Here is good example of getting directory storage size and file count in Windows PowerShell:

PS C:\fyicenter> Get-ChildItem C:\Windows\System32 | Measure-Object -Sum Length

Count    : 3159
Average  :
Sum      : 1451982183
Maximum  :
Minimum  :
Property : Length


PS C:\fyicenter> Get-ChildItem C:\Windows\System32 -Recurse | Measure-Object -Sum Length

... You may see some permission errors
Count    : 19133
Average  :
Sum      : 4005893965
Maximum  :
Minimum  :
Property : Length

Note that the second command includes all subdirectories recursively, which gives the true total storage size of 4,005,893,965 bytes (about 4GB), and 19,133 files.

Also note that you need to run the PowerShell as an administrator to have better permission to reach directories and files that require higher level of permissions.

 

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