[batch-file] Batch file to delete folders older than 10 days in Windows 7

I want to create a batch file which should delete all subfolders of a folder which are older than 10 days, using Windows 7

Any help would be appreciated.

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The answer is

FORFILES /S /D -10 /C "cmd /c IF @isdir == TRUE rd /S /Q @path"

I could not get Blorgbeard's suggestion to work, but I was able to get it to work with RMDIR instead of RD:

FORFILES /p N:\test /S /D -10 /C "cmd /c IF @isdir == TRUE RMDIR /S /Q @path"

Since RMDIR won't delete folders that aren't empty so I also ended up using this code to delete the files that were over 10 days and then the folders that were over 10 days old.

FOR /d %%K in ("n:\test*") DO (

FOR /d %%J in ("%%K*") DO (

FORFILES /P %%J /S /M . /D -10 /C "cmd /c del @file"



FORFILES /p N:\test /S /D -10 /C "cmd /c IF @isdir == TRUE RMDIR /S /Q @path"

I used this code to purge out the sub folders in the folders within test (example n:\test\abc\123 would get purged when empty, but n:\test\abc would not get purged

Adapted from this answer to a very similar question:

FORFILES /S /D -10 /C "cmd /c IF @isdir == TRUE rd /S /Q @path"

You should run this command from within your d:\study folder. It will delete all subfolders which are older than 10 days.

The /S /Q after the rd makes it delete folders even if they are not empty, without prompting.

I suggest you put the above command into a .bat file, and save it as d:\study\cleanup.bat.

If you want using it with parameter (ie. delete all subdirs under the given directory), then put this two lines into a *.bat or *.cmd file:

@echo off
for /f "delims=" %%d in ('dir %1 /s /b /ad ^| sort /r') do rd "%%d" 2>nul && echo rmdir %%d

and add script-path to your PATH environment variable. In this case you can call your batch file from any location (I suppose UNC path should work, too).


YourBatchFileName c:\temp

(you may use quotation marks if needed)

will remove all empty subdirs under c:\temp folder


will remove all empty subdirs under the current directory.