Linux users are very familiar with the
ls command which is used to list files and folders. When migrating to Windows or using Windows they really question the “ls” command equivalent in Windows operating system. Windows operating systems provide alternatives via the MS-DOS and PowerShell command prompts.
Linux “ls” Command
The Linux provides “ls” command in order to list files and folders and describes the ls command with the following statement.
List information about the FILEs (the current directory by default)
The ls command provides a lot of options and parameters to list items in different ways like according to size, creation date, and type with different coloring.
Windows “dir” Command is “ls” Command Equivalent
Windows MS-DOS and PowerShell command-line interface provide the
dir command in order to list files and folders. By default without any option, the dir command lists files and folders. The dir command provides similar output to the ls command except for the owner and permissions information. The dir command lists the creation date, type, size of file, file, or folder name.
The help information about the dir command can be listed by using the
> dir /?
List files and folders for the specified path using the
> dir C:\Users
PowerShell “ls” Command Alias
PowerShell is the next-generation command-line interface for the Windows operating systems. PowerShell tries to mimic some commands and features of the Linux operating system and as a result, it provides the
ls command. PowerShell “ls” command is just an alias but provides very similar usage and output like below.
“‘ls’ is not recognized as an internal or external command” Error
If you try to run the
ls command in Windows MS-DOS command prompt you will get the following error message.
'ls' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.