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rmdir recursively in node.js
var fs = require("fs");
var path = require("path");
var rmdir = function(dir) {
var list = fs.readdirSync(dir);
for(var i = 0; i < list.length; i++) {
var filename = path.join(dir, list[i]);
var stat = fs.statSync(filename);
if(filename == "." || filename == "..") {
// pass these files
} else if(stat.isDirectory()) {
// rmdir recursively
} else {
// rm fiilename

Thank you for this Gist. Just made a CoffeeScript clone of it at

why sync?

metal3d commented Apr 11, 2013

@silentroach this is made to not be synchroneous. Sometimes (as for my use case) this is pretty nice to work synchroneously

You can safely remove the check for "." and ".." see documentation for nodejs

"Synchronous readdir(3). Returns an array of filenames excluding '.' and '..'."

Not sure if this is of any interest to anybody, but I made a fork of this gist that recursively deletes only empty directories. If a directory (or any of its descendant directories) has content inside it, it is left alone:

ajwinn commented Aug 30, 2014



This indirectly inspired me to implement the same functionality, both synchronously and asynchronously, in LiveScript. The async one uses Promises underneath, but its global API is nodeback-based.

Works like a charm. Thanks!

My implementation to remove recursively but without using recursive method. Just in case of deeper directory tree.

teratzul commented Sep 5, 2017

Works great! Thank you!!

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