I am getting an 'access is denied' error when I attempt to delete a folder that is not empty. I used the following command in my attempt:
What is the most effective way of removing/deleting a folder/directory that is not empty?
import shutil shutil.rmtree('/folder_name')
rmtree fails on folder trees containing read-only files. If you want the folder to be deleted regardless of whether it contains read-only files, then use
From the python docs on
# Delete everything reachable from the directory named in 'top', # assuming there are no symbolic links. # CAUTION: This is dangerous! For example, if top == '/', it # could delete all your disk files. import os for root, dirs, files in os.walk(top, topdown=False): for name in files: os.remove(os.path.join(root, name)) for name in dirs: os.rmdir(os.path.join(root, name))