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MINA on 6 Mar 2018
Commented: MINA on 6 Mar 2018
I want to find all subfolders in a folder. I know how to do it for one step but I want to do it recursively until it finds all sub-subdirectories. Example: I am at 'M:\F1' . And suppose I have F1_1 and F1_2 folders in there which I can have access with the following code
files = dir('M:\F1')
% Get a logical vector that tells which is a directory.
dirFlags = [files.isdir] & ~strcmp({},'.') & ~strcmp({},'..')
% Extract only those that are directories.
subFolders = files(dirFlags)
I have another folder in F1_1 called F1_1_1 and one folder in that called F1_1_1_1. How can I recursively find the path to these two folders, i.e.,
Elias Gule
Elias Gule on 6 Mar 2018
The keyword here is recursively... so wrap your code in a function that accepts a string input. This input should be the directory that you want to traverse.
All you need to do now, is extract the path string of each directory in your 'subFolders' variable and pass that as input to your function.
Don't panic! You surely do know what you're doing.
MINA on 6 Mar 2018
Thanks for the answer.

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Accepted Answer

Fangjun Jiang
Fangjun Jiang on 6 Mar 2018
Use dir(fullfile('M:\F1','**/*.*')). It will list everything in the folder and all sub-folders.

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Paul Shoemaker
Paul Shoemaker on 6 Mar 2018
Edited: Paul Shoemaker on 6 Mar 2018
Newer version of Matlab allow dir to operate recursively. Simply modify your original dir call like so:
files = dir(['M:' filesep 'F1' filesep '**/*.*']);
Then do your filtering on dirFlags as you've done. Voila!
Note: If you check out the help for dir you'll see other techniques to filter in different ways, such as only searching one level down.
Paul Shoemaker

Elias Gule
Elias Gule on 6 Mar 2018
See this for an example.

MINA on 6 Mar 2018
I also found to do the following
dirs = regexp(genpath('M\F1'),['[^;]*'],'match');


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