Help to create txt file of tons of images in a folder

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  1. zenmster macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2012
    I need to create a text file of all these photos in a folder but I cannot find out how. I am using Mac OS 10.7 and I am not a programmer.

    Someone told me/emailed that I could do something like open the folder I want to create a txt file from and type in the Terminal box

    ls > whatever.txt

    I try that and all I get is NOTHING. Then I was told I could just pull the folder in to firefox which I tried. I get a list of files but multiple columns an d when I try to copy it to a word document all I get is a bunch of gibberish.

    There has to be an easier way...anyone? thx in advance.
  2. chrysrobyn macrumors member

    May 9, 2003
    Austin, TX
    The Terminal command "ls" is what you want. There's not really a simpler way.

    Use the "cd" command to go to the directory you're interested in. Execute "ls" and verify that it lists the file names you want. If not, re-try changing directories.

    Once your "ls" is looking like what you want, you could always select it with your mouse and paste it wherever you want. If you want a file, you have to redirect the output. "ls > asdf.txt" works well. If you want it in your home directory, "ls > ~/asdf.txt", and if you want it on your desktop, "ls > ~/Desktop/asdf.txt". If you need to add a second directory, >> will concatenate instead of start a new file. If you need file modification times, "ls -l" will get you that. If you want those times and sort it by date, "ls -trl" gets a lot of use.
  3. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    In Terminal, type "ls " (no quotes, but note the space after ls), then drag the folder into the window so it fills in the path. Then, select and copy/paste the output into a blank text document.

    If you want more detail, use "ls -al".

  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If I understand your question, you want to print a list of the filenames in a folder. To do that:
    1. Open the folder in Finder
    2. Command-A to select all
    3. Command-C to copy
    4. Open TextEdit
    5. Command-Shift-T to change format to plain text
    6. Command-V to paste

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