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Python How To Delete A File

Python makes it easy to delete files. You can delete them with a single fuction call or you could optionally check if the file exists first. Just be careful especially when passing a variable to this function. If the variable holds an unexpected value it could cause a log of damage and delete files that you did not intend to remove.

To delete a file with Python use the following:

import os

If you want to check if a file exists first you can use the “os.path.exists()” method like this:

import os
if os.path.exists("myfile.txt"):

You could also specify a full, absolute path if you like:


If you want to remove a directory you can use the following.