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How to List Files in Size Order with Powershell

02 October,2012 by Tom Collins

Question: How do I list all files in a directory and order the files by Size in ascending order, using Powershell?    

Answer:   It is possible to list the files in a directory using the Powershell cmdlets – Get-ChildItem and Sort-Order.

The Get-ChildItem cmdlet gets the items in one or more specified locations. If the item is a container, it gets the items inside the container, known as child items. You can use the Recurse parameter to get items in all child containers.

 The Sort-Object cmdlet sorts objects in ascending or descending order based on the values of properties of the object. In the example below, I’ve select a single property i.e length.   There are many other properties to sort on – such as Descending, Case sensitive and you can also create your own sort expressions


#An example of listing items in a directory
 Get-ChildItem -path "C:\projects\testing\laboratory"

#An example of listing the items, filtering name and length and using sort-object
Get-ChildItem -path "C:\projects\testing\laboratory"| select name,length | sort-object -property length

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