How to Find File and Directory Size in Mac Terminal

Below are the ways to find the size of a directory and a file using Terminal app on a Mac.

Steps to Know Directory Size on Mac

  • Open Terminal app using Spotlight Search.
  • Move to the directory that you want to know the size of.

    du -sh

    You will see the size of the directory displayed in KB/MB/GB.

    Know the size of a directory
  • Now run the command du with the flags "-sh"

    cd ~/Desktop

Know the size of a file

  1. Open Terminal App.
  2. Now move to the directory where the file is located.
  3. Run the command ls with flags -lh followed by the filename.

    % ls -lh  
    -rwx------@ 1 dev  staff   959B Aug  1 14:26

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