.unlink()

Published Apr 1, 2022Updated Aug 11, 2023
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The Python .unlink() file method allows the user to delete a file path if it exists in the system or computer. .remove() is the alternative to delete a specific file.

Note: A FileNotFoundError is raised if the file is not found or isn’t in the current directory.

Syntax

This method is provided by the os module which must be imported beforehand.

import os

os.unlink("file_path")

Entire folders or directories can be removed using the .rmdir() method.

Example

Use .unlink() to delete the my_file.txt file:

import os
# Delete file path
os.unlink("path/to/my_file.txt")

Codebyte Example

In this example delete_me.txt is deleted using the complete file path and the .unlink() method:

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