List the contents of a directory. Returns either an array, or a query. NOTE: Ensure that you have the required permissions to run this function.

directoryList(path [, recurse] [, listInfo] [, filter] [, sort] [, type]) → returns any

Argument Reference

path string

The absolute path of the directory for which to list the contents. Alternatively, you can specify IP address as in the following example: DirectoryList("//");.

recurse boolean
Default: false

If true directoryList traverses the directory tree.
  • true
  • false

listInfo string
Default: path

Sets the return type. name returns an array with only the file names, path returns an array with the full path names and query returns a query containing the following fields: Attributes, DateLastModified, Directory, Link, Mode, Name, Size, Type.
  • name
  • path
  • query

filter string

File extension filter applied to the listed files, for example, *.jpg. Multiple filters can be applied by using a pipe delimiter. For example: *.doc|*.xls. You can also pass a function. The arguments of the passed function must have: path :the file path, type: The values (file or dir), extension: The file extension, if any, otherwise and empty string. This argument can also accept the instances of Java FileFilter Objects. In Lucee 4.5+ it can be a closure as well.

sort string

Columns by which to sort. e.g. Directory, Size DESC, DateLastModified. To qualify a column, use asc (ascending sort a-z) or desc (descending sort z-a).

type string
Default: all

CF 11+ Lucee 5+ Filter the result to only include files, directories, or both.
  • file
  • dir
  • all



Version 9+ Only CF11+ supports the type argument.


In Lucee the filter param can be a closure as well where the path is passed in. The sort argument only works when listInfo="query".


If a directory returns false in recursive mode the contained files are processed anyways

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Sample code invoking the directoryList function

arrayOfLocalFiles = directoryList( expandPath( "./" ), false, "name" );

queryOfFiles = directoryList( expandPath( "./" ), false, "query", "", "DateLastModified DESC" );

Including sub-directories and as an array containing full paths

arrayOfTempFiles = directoryList( "./", true );

Lucee 4.5+ Pass a closure instead of a string as filter param

arrayOfFilteredFiles = directoryList(".", false, "name", function(path) {
	return ListFindNoCase("Application.cfc,robots.txt,server.json,favicon.ico,.htaccess,", path);

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