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Python os.rmdir() Method with example

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 rmdir() method.

Python os rmdir() removes the directory path. This method only works when the directory is empty, else OSError is raised.


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

os.rmdir( path )

Parameter Details

  • path - This is the path of the directory, which needs to be removed.

Return Value

It does not return any value.


The following below is a simple example -

# !/usr/bin/python

import os, sys

# listing directories
print "the dir is: %s" %os.listdir(os.getcwd())

# removing path

# listing directories after removing directory path
print "the dir is:" %os.listdir(os.getcwd())

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

the dir is: 
[  'a1.txt','resume.doc','a3.py','mydir','Administrator','amrood.admin' ]
OSError: [Errno 90] Directory not empty: 'mydir'

The error coming as 'mydir' directory is not empty. If 'mydir' is an empty directory, then it would produce the following result -

the dir is: 
[  'a1.txt','resume.doc','a3.py','mydir','Administrator','amrood.admin' ]
the dir is: 
[  'a1.txt','resume.doc','a3.py','Administrator','amrood.admin' ]

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

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