Instance Method


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


- (NSArray<NSString *> *)contentsOfDirectoryAtPath:(NSString *)path error:(NSError * _Nullable *)error;



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


On input, a pointer to an error object. If an error occurs, this pointer is set to an actual error object containing the error information. You may specify nil for this parameter if you do not want the error information.

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. If an error occurs, this method returns nil and assigns an appropriate error object to the error parameter.


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 enumeratorAtURL:includingPropertiesForKeys:options:errorHandler: method instead.

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

See Also

Related Symbols

- fileExistsAtPath:isDirectory:

Returns a Boolean value that indicates whether a file or directory exists at a specified path. The isDirectory out parameter indicates whether the path points to a directory or a regular file.

- subpathsAtPath:

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


The path to the program’s current directory.

- enumeratorAtPath:

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