How can I check if a directory exists in a Bash shell script?
What command can be used to check if a directory exists or not, within a Bash shell script?
To check if a directory exists in a shell script, you can use the following:
if [ -d "$DIRECTORY" ]; then # Control will enter here if $DIRECTORY exists. fi
Or to check if a directory doesn't exist:
if [ ! -d "$DIRECTORY" ]; then # Control will enter here if $DIRECTORY doesn't exist. fi
However, as Jon Ericson points out, subsequent commands may not work as intended if you do not take into account that a symbolic link to a directory will also pass this check. E.g. running this:
ln -s "$ACTUAL_DIR" "$SYMLINK" if [ -d "$SYMLINK" ]; then rmdir "$SYMLINK" fi
Will produce the error message:
rmdir: failed to remove `symlink': Not a directory
So symbolic links may have to be treated differently, if subsequent commands expect directories:
if [ -d "$LINK_OR_DIR" ]; then if [ -L "$LINK_OR_DIR" ]; then # It is a symlink! # Symbolic link specific commands go here. rm "$LINK_OR_DIR" else # It's a directory! # Directory command goes here. rmdir "$LINK_OR_DIR" fi fi
Take particular note of the double-quotes used to wrap the variables. The reason for this is explained by 8jean in another answer.
If the variables contain spaces or other unusual characters it will probably cause the script to fail.
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Remember to always wrap variables in double quotes when referencing them in a Bash script. Kids these days grow up with the idea that they can have spaces and lots of other funny characters in their directory names. (Spaces! Back in my days, we didn't have no fancy spaces! ;))
One day, one of those kids will run your script with
$DIRECTORY set to
"My M0viez" and your script will blow up. You don't want that. So use this.
if [ -d "$DIRECTORY" ]; then # Will enter here if $DIRECTORY exists, even if it contains spaces fi
Note the -d test can produce some surprising results:
$ ln -s tmp/ t $ if [ -d t ]; then rmdir t; fi rmdir: directory "t": Path component not a directory
File under: "When is a directory not a directory?" The answer: "When it's a symlink to a directory." A slightly more thorough test:
if [ -d t ]; then if [ -L t ]; then rm t else rmdir t fi fi
[ -d "$DIR" ] && echo "Yes"
To check if a directory exists you can use a simple
if structure like this:
if [ -d directory/path to a directory ] ; then # Things to do else #if needed #also: elif [new condition] # Things to do fi
You can also do it in the negative:
if [ ! -d directory/path to a directory ] ; then # Things to do when not an existing directory
Note: Be careful. Leave empty spaces on either side of both opening and closing braces.
With the same syntax you can use:
-e: any kind of archive -f: file -h: symbolic link -r: readable file -w: writable file -x: executable file -s: file size greater than zero