Easy Way to create list of all files in a folder?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by tb2me, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. tb2me macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2005
    Hey, guys.

    I'm looking for a simple way to create a text file that contains a list of all the files in a particular folder. I have quite an extensive collection of digital sheet music and would like to find a way to publish a list of my collection without having to manually type out 400+ filenames. There seems like there must be something obvious I am missing, or maybe a simple application I could download.

    (In case I'm not clear . . . imagine I had a folder with three files: A.pdf, B.pdf, and C.pdf. I want a way to press a button and get a text file that reads:

    C.pdf )

  2. numlock macrumors 68000

    Mar 13, 2006
    there are several ways of doing this. One would be to simply drag the folder to automator (which creates the action "get specified finder items")
    then add Get folder contents (you decide whether to check the checkbox)
    and then the final step new text file.
  3. Amigaman macrumors regular


    Sep 29, 2007
    Greenville, MI
    The easiest way that I can think of is from the command line. Just open up Terminal, go to the folder that you want and then type in:

    ls > whatever.txt
    That will dump the name of every file in the folder into a text file.
  4. mperkins37 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
  5. jufjo macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2008
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Isn't there a nice bit of (free) software out there that makes it easier to make a nice clear list of MP3s by artist, song, etc?
    All I get now is a list of each file with its location on my computer.
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    iTunes -> File -> Print -> PDF
  7. hanguolaohu, Dec 19, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2011

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