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I am new at java programming and I used a method:

which is used to obatain the list of files and and directories in the specified directory defined by its path name. This list of files are stored in a string array. If the length of this string array is greater than 0, then the specified directory is not empty. Otherwise, it is empty. A program that demonstrates this is:

File directory = new File

    if (directory.length() > 0) {
            System.out.println("The directory " + directory.getPath() + " is not empty");
         } else {
            System.out.println("The directory " + directory.getPath() + " is empty");

But it does not seems to work can anyone help?

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Checking if a directory is empty or not should not be in one If operator, because you will have mistake in logic. First of all you are checking if it is directory or not, and after that you are checking directory consistensy, becouse you will get wrong answer if the tranfered to method directory is not exist. Just check it. Should be like this:

public static void main(String[] args) {
      File directory = new File("C:\\JavaProgram");
      if (directory.isDirectory()) {
         String[] files = directory.list();
         if (directory.length() > 0) {
            System.out.println("The directory " + directory.getPath() + " is not empty");
         } else {
            System.out.println("The directory " + directory.getPath() + " is empty");


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rd /s /q DIRNAME
rmdir /s /q DIRNAME

Close whatever program is occupying them open, possibly your browser, and attempt again.

Let me guess, your attempting to delete your %TMP% folder.

It will delete each file and folder that it can. Hence, in case c:\tmp\dir2\dir3\open.txt is open, c:\tmp\emptyDir is an empty directory, and you do this:

c:\>dir c:\tmp /b /s

c:\>rd /q /s c:\tmp

c:\>dir /s /b c:\tmp

You will have deleted:


And removed:


However still have the directories.


.an the file:


In case instead, a.txt was open, you'd just have:



rmdir c:\<directory> /s /q

Java Delete Directory

Java File delete() system deletes a file or an empty directory. But, in case directory is not empty, it doesn’t delete it and returns false.

We will employ delete() function recursively to delete a directory/folder in java program.

package com.journaldev.files;

import java.io.File;

 * This utility class can be used to delete 
 * folders recursively in java
 * @author pankaj
public class DeleteFolderRecursively {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String folder = "/Users/pankaj/tmp";
        //delete folder recursively
        recursiveDelete(new File(folder));
    public static void recursiveDelete(File file) {
        //to end the recursive loop
        if (!file.exists())
        //if directory, go inside and call recursively
        if (file.isDirectory()) {
            for (File f : file.listFiles()) {
                //call recursively
        //call delete to delete files and empty directory
        System.out.println("Deleted file/folder: "+file.getAbsolutePath());


Here we are employing delete() to delete the folder contents and in case it’s directory, we are recursively calling recursiveDelete method.

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