Recursively delete all empty folders in a directory and child directories.

License: MIT

Language: JavaScript

Keywords: delete, directories, directory, empty, files, glob, nodejs

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Recursively delete all empty folders in a directory and child directories.

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Install with npm:

$ npm install --save delete-empty


const deleteEmpty = require('delete-empty');


To use the delete-empty command from any directory you must first install the package globally with the following command:

$ npm install --global delete-empty


$ delete-empty [<cwd>] [--dry-run|-d]
  • <cwd> (optional) - initial directory to begin the search for empty directories. By default, the current working directory (process.cwd()) is used (note that process.cwd() is only used as the default by the CLI).
  • -d, --dry-run (optional) - output empty directories to the terminal, does not delete anything


Given the following directory structure, the highlighted directories would be deleted.

└─┬ a/
-  ├── aa/
  ├── bb/
  │ └─┬ bbb/
  │ │ ├── one.txt
  │ │ └── two.txt
-  ├── cc/
-  ├ b/
-  └ c/

async promise

If no callback is passed, a promise is returned. Returns the array of deleted directories.

  .then(deleted => console.log(deleted)) //=> ['foo/aa/', 'foo/a/cc/', 'foo/b/', 'foo/c/']

async callback

Returns the array of deleted directories in the callback.

deleteEmpty('foo/', function(err, deleted) {
  console.log(deleted); //=> ['foo/aa/', 'foo/a/cc/', 'foo/b/', 'foo/c/']


Returns the array of deleted directories.

console.log(deleteEmpty.sync('foo/')); //=> ['foo/aa/', 'foo/a/cc/', 'foo/b/', 'foo/c/']



Pull requests and stars are always welcome. For bugs and feature requests, please create an issue.

Running Tests

Running and reviewing unit tests is a great way to get familiarized with a library and its API. You can install dependencies and run tests with the following command:

$ npm install && npm test
Building docs

(This project's is generated by verb, please don't edit the readme directly. Any changes to the readme must be made in the readme template.)

To generate the readme, run the following command:

$ npm install -g verbose/verb#dev verb-generate-readme && verb

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Copyright © 2018, Jon Schlinkert. Released under the MIT License.

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