PowerShell analog to “dir /a:d” (Win) or “ls -d */” (Bash)


I simply want to list all of the directories under my current working directory, using PowerShell. This is easy from a Bash shell:

or cmd.exe in Windows:

Using PowerShell however I cannot seem to be able to do it with a single command. Instead the only the I’ve found that works is:

That seems way too wordy and involved, and I suspect that I don’t need a separate Where clause there. The help for Get-ChildItem doesn’t make it clear how to filter on Mode though. Can anyone enlighten me?


This works too:

There is no doubt that it is a little more wordy than bash or cmd.exe. You could certainly put a function and an alias in your profile if you wanted to reduce the verbosity. I’ll see if I can find a way to use -filter too.

On further investigation, I don’t believe there is a more terse way to do this short of creating your own function and alias. You could put this in your profile:

Then to ls the directories in a folder:

This solution would be a little limited since it would not handle any fanciness like -Include, -Exclude, -Filter, -Recurse, etc. but you could easily add that to the function.

Actually, this is a rather naive solution, but hopefully it will head you in the right direction if you decide to pursue it. To be honest with you though I wouldn’t bother. The extra verbosity in this one case is more than overcome by the overall greater flexibility of powershell in general in my personal opinion.


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