Python os.listdir() Method

Hello dear readers! Welcome back to another section of our tutorial on Python. In this tutorial guide, we are going to be studying about the Os listdir() method.

Python os listdir() method returns a list containing the names of the entries in the directory given by path. The list is in arbitrary order. It does not include any of the special entries '.' and '..' even if present in the directory.


The following below is the syntax for Python Os listdir() method -

os.listdir( path )

Parameter Details

  • path - The directory which needs to be explored.

Return Value

It returns a list containing the names of entries in the directory given by path.


The following below is a simple example -


import os, sys

# Open a file
path = "/var/www/html/"
dirs = os.listdir( path )

# This would print all the files and directories
for file in dirs:
   print file

When the above code is executed, it will produce the following result -


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Alright guys! This is where we are rounding up for this tutorial post. In our next tutorial, we are going to be discussing about the Python OS lseek() Method.

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