Getting list of files in a folder

Phil Davis revdev at
Mon Feb 8 23:38:10 CST 2010

Hi Mark,

Gotta love this list! I'm not really trying to improve on the solutions 
from Terry and Sarah, just offering an alternative.

Instead of prepending each filename with the path via a repeat loop like 

    repeat for each line L in tFileList
      put pFolder&  L&  cr after tFullList
    end repeat

You could do it this way:

    put (CR & tFileList) into tFullList
    replace CR with (CR & pFolder) in tFullList
    delete char 1 of tFullList

So you have 3 lines that execute, even with a list of 1000 files. I 
haven't timed this to see if there's a speed gain - just thought I would 
throw it out there.

Phil Davis

On 2/8/10 9:20 PM, Mark Swindell wrote:
> Terry, Sarah,
> Wow, that was fast!  Thank you so much.
> Mark
> On Feb 8, 2010, at 9:19 PM, Sarah Reichelt wrote:
>> On Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 3:05 PM, Mark Swindell<mdswindell at>  wrote:
>>> How do I return a list of the files in a given folder on disk along with their full path?
>> Manually :-)
>> Here is a function I wrote that lists files in a folder for you,
>> resetting the defaultFolder when it's got the list.
>> function listFiles pFolder, pGiveFullPath
>>   if there is not a folder pFolder then return empty
>>   -- get the list of files&  reset default folder
>>   put the defaultFolder into tOldDefault
>>   set the defaultFolder to pFolder
>>   put the files into tFileList
>>   set the defaultFolder to tOldDefault
>>   -- filter out OS X's invisible files
>>   filter tFileList without ".*"
>>   -- add folder path to file name if required
>>   if pGiveFullPath is among the items of "true,yes,full" then
>>     put empty into tFullList
>>     if the last char of pFolder<>  "/" then put "/" after pFolder
>>     repeat for each line L in tFileList
>>       put pFolder&  L&  cr after tFullList
>>     end repeat
>>     delete last char of tFullList
>>     return tFullList
>>   else
>>     return tFileList
>>   end if
>> end listFiles
>> If you use:
>>    put listFiles(tFolder) into fld "Files"
>> you get tust the file names, but if you use:
>>    put listFiles(tFolder, "full") into fld "Data"
>> you will get the full file paths.
>> Cheers,
>> Sarah

Phil Davis

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