I'm trying to clean up my files and I'm struggling with some command line stuff.

With the command

du -sh *

I can get a nice list of all folders where I use the command. How can I also get the number of files of each folder? i try to explain better:

Let's say I have the following structure:


How can I get something like this?

2MB     .          1 file
30MB    folderA    2 files
0MB     folderB    0 files
4MB     folderC    1 file

Is there a way to achieve something similar in a simple way?


3 Answers 3


Well, from command line tools, something like this

find . -type d -exec stat -f '%z %N %l' {} +

Where %z is the size of the file in bytes but not the size of the blocks allocated to the files in the directory. %N the name of the file and %l the link count to the directory.


DISCLAIMER: despite put here, this is at the moment more a comment - but within these the script flow/line breaks are IMHOcompletely confusing. So I put it here (because I do not know better).

To get e.g. the number of files as well as the total size in a directory you can use:

    NUMBER=$(find . -type f -name '*' -exec du -ch {} +)
    N=$(echo "$NUMBER" | head -n 1 | wc -l)
    SIZE=$(echo "$NUMBER" | tail -n 1)
    echo "Number of files: $N"
    echo $SIZE

this will list the number of files as well as the total size for the selected folder.

Editing the -name pattern for find you can get this information for specific file types like e.g *.PNGs etc..

  • it doesn't work :( gives me an error head: illegal line count -- -1 Number of files: 0
    – rita1989
    Jul 31, 2022 at 11:25
  • Aaah, sorry - it has to be head -n 1 somehow “-1” slipped in, corrected. Jul 31, 2022 at 11:39

Open a Finder Window, then select View>Show View Options, then tick the checkbox for "Calculate All Sizes", then click use as defaults.

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