Ignore node_modules folder when using the `tree` command
May 11, 2022 ‐ 2 min read
tree is a handy command-line utility for listing the contents of a folder with the contents of all the subfolders. However convenient, this can get out of hand rather quickly, especially in a Node.js project with a buffy
You may ignore a folder in the output of
tree by using the
-I (capital i) option. Thus, ignoring the node modules would be like
tree -I node_modules.
$ tree -I node_modules . ├── components │ └── PostsPage.vue ├── nuxt.config.js ├── package.json ├── package-lock.json ├── pages │ ├── index.vue │ ├── page │ │ └── _page.vue │ └── _slug.vue ├── static │ └── favicon.ico └── utils └── fetchPostsMixin.js 5 directories, 9 files
node_modules/ folder there might be other folders you wish to ignore in the output of
dist/ folder for example that may contain the output of a build.
You separate the directories you pass to the ignore option by a
| symbol. Make sure to put the entire list of folders between quotes, otherwise the
| is interpreted by your shell as output redirection.
$ tree -I 'node_modules|dist'
Besides ignoring certain directories there are other options to trim the output of the
-doption will only list directories and no files:
tree -I node_modules -d.
-Loption will only list directories down to a given level of depth:
tree -I node_modules -L 2.