MQL4 Reference File Functions FolderClean


The function deletes all files in a specified folder.

bool  FolderClean(
   string  folder_name,       // String with the name of the deleted folder
   int     common_flag=0      // Scope



[in] The name of the directory where you want to delete all files. Contains the full path to the folder.


[in] Flag determining the location of the directory. If common_flag = FILE_COMMON, then the directory is in the shared folder for all client terminals \Terminal\Common\Files. Otherwise, the directory is in a local folder(MQL4\files or MQL4\tester\files in case of testing).

Return Value

Returns true if successful, otherwise false.


For security reasons, work with files is strictly controlled in the MQL4 language. Files with which file operations are conducted using MQL4 means, cannot be outside the file sandbox.

This function should be used with caution, since all the files and all subdirectories are deleted irretrievably.


//|                                             Demo_FolderClean.mq5 |
//|                        Copyright 2011, MetaQuotes Software Corp. |
//|                                     |
#property copyright "Copyright 2011, MetaQuotes Software Corp."
#property link      ""
#property version   "1.00"
//--- Description
#property description "The script shows a sample use of FolderClean()."
#property description "First, files are created in the specified folder using the FileOpen() function."
#property description "Then, before the files are deleted, a warning is shown using MessageBox()."
//--- Show the dialog of input parameters when starting the script
#property script_show_inputs
//--- Input parameters
input string   foldername="demo_folder";  // Create a folder in MQL4/Files/
input int      files=5;                   // The number of files to create and delete
//| Script program start function                                    |
void OnStart()
   string name="testfile";
//--- First open or create files in the terminal data folder
   for(int N=0;N<files;N++)
      //--- The name of the file in the foem of 'demo_folder\testfileN.txt'
      string filemane=StringFormat("%s\\%s%d.txt",foldername,name,N);
      //--- Open a file with the flag for writing, in this case the 'demo_folder' will be created automatically
      int handle=FileOpen(filemane,FILE_WRITE);
      //--- Find out if the FileOpen() function was successful
         PrintFormat("Failed to create file %s. Error code",filemane,GetLastError());
         PrintFormat("File %s has been successfully opened",filemane);
         //--- The opened file is not needed any more, so close it
//--- Check the number of files in the folder 
   int k=FilesInFolder(foldername+"\\*.*",0);
   PrintFormat("Totally the folder %s contains %d files",foldername,k);
//--- Show a dialog to ask the user
   int choice=MessageBox(StringFormat("You are going to delete %d files from folder %s. Do you want to continue?",foldername,k),
                         "Deleting files from the folder",
                         MB_YESNO|MB_ICONQUESTION); //  Two buttons - "Yes" and "No"
//--- Run an action depending on the selected variant
      //--- Start to delete files
      PrintFormat("Trying to delete all files from folder %s",foldername);
         PrintFormat("Files have been successfully deleted, %d files left in folder %s",
         PrintFormat("Failed to delete files from folder %s. Error code %d",foldername,GetLastError());
      PrintFormat("Deletion canceled");
//| Returns the number of files in the specified folder              |
int FilesInFolder(string path,int flag)
   int count=0;
   long handle;
   string filename;
//--- If at least one file found, search for more files
      //--- Show the name of the file
      PrintFormat("File %s found",filename);
      //--- Increase the counter of found files/folders
      //--- Start search in all files/folders 
         PrintFormat("File %s found",filename);
      //--- Do not forget to close the search handle upon completion
   else // Failed to get the handle
      PrintFormat("Files search in folder %s failed",path);
//--- Return the result
   return count;

See also

FileFindFirst(), FileFindNext(), FileFindClose()