How to remove files from a directory having a specific extension in Linux?

July 18, 2021 - 1 min read

In Linux, deleting files that end with a specific extension requires typing the rm command followed by a space and specifying the extension of the file after a wildcard character (*).

For example, let's say you have to delete only the .txt files (or text files) in a directory and not delete any other files types, here we can use the rm command like this,

# Delete only those files with
# .txt extension in Linux

rm *.txt

Executing the above command will delete all the files having the .txt extension type leaving all the other file types.

See the execution of the above command live in

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