rclone rmdirs

Remove empty directories under the path.


This recursively removes any empty directories (including directories that only contain empty directories), that it finds under the path. The root path itself will also be removed if it is empty, unless you supply the --leave-root flag.

Use command rmdir to delete just the empty directory given by path, not recurse.

This is useful for tidying up remotes that rclone has left a lot of empty directories in. For example the delete command will delete files but leave the directory structure (unless used with option --rmdirs).

This will delete --checkers directories concurrently so if you have thousands of empty directories consider increasing this number.

To delete a path and any objects in it, use the purge command.

rclone rmdirs remote:path [flags]


  -h, --help         help for rmdirs
      --leave-root   Do not remove root directory if empty

Important Options

Important flags useful for most commands.

  -n, --dry-run         Do a trial run with no permanent changes
  -i, --interactive     Enable interactive mode
  -v, --verbose count   Print lots more stuff (repeat for more)

See the global flags page for global options not listed here.


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