How to find out how much space a directory takes up using Linux

Written by Ian Carnaghan · 15 sec read >

In the command line type the following command within the desired directory

{codecitation class=”brush: bash;”}du -c{/codecitation} This will give you the usage/size of all the folders within that particular directory. 

du =  estimate file space usage
-c = total

To get the size/usage in a Human readable format eg. Megabytes/Gigabites append the -h option to the command above.

Example below:

{codecitation class=”brush: bash;”}du -ch{/codecitation}

Last Updated On April 07, 2018
Written by Ian Carnaghan
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