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Delete one or more files. In PowerShell, this command is an alias of Remove-Item. This documentation is based on the Command Prompt (cmd) version of del. More information:

  • View the documentation of the equivalent PowerShell command:

tldr remove-item

  • Delete one or more files or patterns:

del {{file_pattern1 file_pattern2 ...}}

  • Prompt for confirmation before deleting each file:

del {{file_pattern}} /p

  • Force the deletion of read-only files:

del {{file_pattern}} /f

  • Recursively delete file(s) from all subdirectories:

del {{file_pattern}} /s

  • Do not prompt when deleting files based on a global wildcard:

del {{file_pattern}} /q

  • Display the help and list available attributes:

del /?

  • Delete files based on specified attributes:

del {{file_pattern}} /a {{attribute}}