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File Operations

Find, view, and change files and folders

Use file operation functions to get information about files, manage files and folders, and open specified files. For more information, see Manage Files and Folders.


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dirList folder contents
lsList folder contents
pwdIdentify current folder
fileattribSet or get attributes of file or folder
existCheck existence of variable, script, function, folder, or class
isfileDetermine if input is file
isfolderDetermine if input is folder
typeDisplay contents of file
visdiffCompare two files or folders
whatList MATLAB files in folder
whichLocate functions and files
cdChange current folder
copyfileCopy file or folder
deleteDelete files or objects
recycleSet option to move deleted files to recycle folder
mkdirMake new folder
movefileMove or rename file or folder
rmdirRemove folder
openOpen file in appropriate application
winopenOpen file in appropriate application (Windows)


Current Folder BrowserOpen Current Folder browser


Manage Files and Folders

Create, open, move, and rename files and folders.

Find Files and Folders

Search for files and folders using both simple and more advanced search methods.

Share Folders in MATLAB

Share folders with others in MATLAB®.

Compare Files and Folders and Merge Files

View and merge changes between two files or folders.

Files and Folders that MATLAB Accesses

When you do not specify a path to a file, MATLAB looks for the file in the current folder or on the search path. Functions in the current folder take precedence over functions with the same file name that reside anywhere on the search path.

Current Folder Browser Preferences

Specify the number of files that display in the Current Folder browser, and customize their appearance.

Restore Files in MATLAB Online

Restore previous versions of files in MATLAB Online™.