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How to check if a file of certain type exists in folder?

Asked by Aadil
on 6 Sep 2012
Latest activity Commented on by Dev-iL on 22 May 2016
Hi All,
How can I check if a .pdf file exists in a folder
I know I can use the Exist command if I know the full filename, but I don't have the file name
EDIT: I will need the output as true or false


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2 Answers

Answer by Azzi Abdelmalek
on 6 Sep 2012
Edited by Azzi Abdelmalek
on 6 Sep 2012
 Accepted Answer

any(size(dir([yourFolderName '/*.pdf' ]),1))


A quick restart of matlab seems to have sorted it out!
Looks like I was overworking matlab : D
And all your answers worked so thanks to everyone
It's probably better (in terms of different OS support) to use fullfile instead of constructing the path manually.

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Answer by Dr. Seis
on 6 Sep 2012
Edited by Dr. Seis
on 6 Sep 2012

You could try doing something like:
dir_struct = dir( fullfile(your_path,'*pdf') );
if numel(dir_struct) == 0
% then there are no files with extension "pdf"
% there is a "pdf" file in your directory
% dir_struct(1).name gives the file name of the first "pdf" file listed


Ok i'll give this a go, Thanks
I assume you need '*.pdf' with the dot.

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