Instance Method


Performs a shallow search of the specified directory and returns the paths of any contained items.


func contentsOfDirectory(atPath path: String) throws -> [String]



The path to the directory whose contents you want to enumerate.

Return Value

An array of NSString objects, each of which identifies a file, directory, or symbolic link contained in path. Returns an empty array if the directory exists but has no contents.


This method performs a shallow search of the directory and therefore does not traverse symbolic links or return the contents of any subdirectories. This method also does not return URLs for the current directory (“.”), parent directory (“..”), or resource forks (files that begin with “._”) but it does return other hidden files (files that begin with a period character). If you need to perform a deep enumeration, use the enumerator(at:includingPropertiesForKeys:options:errorHandler:) method instead.

The order of the files in the returned array is undefined.

See Also

Discovering Directory Contents

func contentsOfDirectory(at: URL, includingPropertiesForKeys: [URLResourceKey]?, options: FileManager.DirectoryEnumerationOptions) -> [URL]

Performs a shallow search of the specified directory and returns URLs for the contained items.

func enumerator(atPath: String) -> FileManager.DirectoryEnumerator?

Returns a directory enumerator object that can be used to perform a deep enumeration of the directory at the specified path.

class FileManager.DirectoryEnumerator

An object that enumerates the contents of a directory.

func subpathsOfDirectory(atPath: String) -> [String]

Performs a deep enumeration of the specified directory and returns the paths of all of the contained subdirectories.

func subpaths(atPath: String) -> [String]?

Returns an array of strings identifying the paths for all items in the specified directory.