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PowerShell: Calculating Folder Sizes

PowerShell: Calculating Folder Sizes

Sometimes all you want to know, or need to know, is how big a folder is in PowerShell. To do that, we'll need to use Get-ChildItem and Measure-Object specifically.

The quick and dirty

The first command we'll want to use is Get-ChildItem, and specify the base folder we'll want to look at. We'll also want to use the -Recurse switch with Get-ChildItem so we include the size of all the sub folders in the calculation as well.

We'll then need to pipe that to Measure-Object, which will allow us to look at the property Length, and calculate the Sum. This will be in bytes, which I will convert to megabytes via the string format operator (-f).  I will also use the format operator to only show 2 decimal places in the number returned. 

The one liner

"{0} MB" -f ((Get-ChildItem C:\users\ -Recurse | Measure-Object -Property Length -Sum -ErrorAction Stop).Sum / 1MB)

This command returns the folder size of the C:\users folders in megabytes. 

The not-so-one-liner

I've created a module for this on GitHub, which will be updated more frequently than the code below. Check it out here

You can also install it from the PowerShell Gallery via:

Install-Module PSFolderSize

Then for help on how to run it, try:

Get-Help Get-FolderSize -Detailed

Moving on to how it all started!

This is my favorite. I'm not fond of one-liners as they are hard to reuse easily.

I created script, complete with comment-based help available with Get-Help

Here are some screenshots of the script in action:

.\Get-FolderSize.ps1 -Path 'C:\Program Files'
$folderSizes = .\Get-FolderSize.ps1
$folderSizes | Where-Object {$_.'Size(MB)' -ne 'Empty'}
.\Get-FolderSize.ps1 -Path 'C:\Program Files' -Name IIS

Feel free to copy/paste, and use the code as you like! 
Let me know if you have any feedback below in the comments section.


Returns the size of folders in MB and GB.


This function will get the folder size in MB and GB of folders found in the basePath parameter. 
The basePath parameter defaults to C:\Users. You can also specify a specific folder name via the folderName parameter.

1.0 - Updated object creation, removed try/catch that was causing issues 
0.5 - Just created!


This parameter allows you to specify the base path you'd like to get the child folders of.
It defaults to C:\.


This parameter allows you to specify the name of a specific folder you'd like to get the size of.


This parameter adds a total count at the end of the array

.PARAMETER OmitFolders

This parameter allows you to omit folder(s) (array of string) from being included



FolderName                Size(Bytes) Size(MB)     Size(GB)
----------                ----------- --------     --------
$GetCurrent                    193768 0.18 MB      0.00 GB
$RECYCLE.BIN                 20649823 19.69 MB     0.02 GB
$SysReset                    53267392 50.80 MB     0.05 GB
Config.Msi                            0.00 MB      0.00 GB
Documents and Settings                0.00 MB      0.00 GB
Games                     48522184491 46,274.36 MB 45.19 GB


.\Get-FolderSize.ps1 -BasePath 'C:\Program Files'

FolderName                                   Size(Bytes) Size(MB)    Size(GB)
----------                                   ----------- --------    --------
7-Zip                                            4588532 4.38 MB     0.00 GB
Adobe                                         3567833029 3,402.55 MB 3.32 GB
Application Verifier                              353569 0.34 MB     0.00 GB
Bonjour                                           615066 0.59 MB     0.00 GB
Common Files                                   489183608 466.52 MB   0.46 GB


.\Get-FolderSize.ps1 -BasePath 'C:\Program Files' -FolderName IIS

FolderName Size(Bytes) Size(MB) Size(GB)
---------- ----------- -------- --------
IIS            5480411 5.23 MB  0.01 GB


$getFolderSize = .\Get-FolderSize.ps1 

FolderName Size(GB) Size(MB)
---------- -------- --------
Public     0.00 GB  0.00 MB
thegn      2.39 GB  2,442.99 MB


Sort by size descending 
$getFolderSize = .\Get-FolderSize.ps1 | Sort-Object 'Size(Bytes)' -Descending

FolderName                Size(Bytes) Size(MB)     Size(GB)
----------                ----------- --------     --------
Users                     76280394429 72,746.65 MB 71.04 GB
Games                     48522184491 46,274.36 MB 45.19 GB
Program Files (x86)       27752593691 26,466.94 MB 25.85 GB
Windows                   25351747445 24,177.31 MB 23.61 GB


Omit folder(s) from being included 
.\Get-FolderSize.ps1 -OmitFolders 'C:\Temp','C:\Windows'

    [Parameter(Mandatory = $false)]
    $BasePath = 'C:\',        
    [Parameter(Mandatory = $false)]
    $FolderName = 'all',

#Get a list of all the directories in the base path we're looking for.
if ($folderName -eq 'all') {

    $allFolders = Get-ChildItem $BasePath -Directory -Force | Where-Object {$_.FullName -notin $OmitFolders}

else {

    $allFolders = Get-ChildItem $basePath -Directory -Force | Where-Object {($_.BaseName -like $FolderName) -and ($_.FullName -notin $OmitFolders)}


#Create array to store folder objects found with size info.
[System.Collections.ArrayList]$folderList = @()

#Go through each folder in the base path.
ForEach ($folder in $allFolders) {

    #Clear out the variables used in the loop.
    $fullPath = $null        
    $folderObject = $null
    $folderSize = $null
    $folderSizeInMB = $null
    $folderSizeInGB = $null
    $folderBaseName = $null

    #Store the full path to the folder and its name in separate variables
    $fullPath = $folder.FullName
    $folderBaseName = $folder.BaseName     

    Write-Verbose "Working with [$fullPath]..."            

    #Get folder info / sizes
    $folderSize = Get-Childitem -Path $fullPath -Recurse -Force -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue | Measure-Object -Property Length -Sum -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue       
    #We use the string format operator here to show only 2 decimals, and do some PS Math.
    $folderSizeInMB = "{0} MB" -f ($folderSize.Sum / 1MB)
    $folderSizeInGB = "{0} GB" -f ($folderSize.Sum / 1GB)

    #Here we create a custom object that we'll add to the array
    $folderObject = [PSCustomObject]@{

        FolderName    = $folderBaseName
        'Size(Bytes)' = $folderSize.Sum
        'Size(MB)'    = $folderSizeInMB
        'Size(GB)'    = $folderSizeInGB


    #Add the object to the array
    $folderList.Add($folderObject) | Out-Null


if ($AddTotal) {

    $grandTotal = $null

    if ($folderList.Count -gt 1) {
        $folderList | ForEach-Object {

            $grandTotal += $_.'Size(Bytes)'    


        $totalFolderSizeInMB = " MB" -f ($grandTotal / 1MB)
        $totalFolderSizeInGB = " GB" -f ($grandTotal / 1GB)

        $folderObject = [PSCustomObject]@{

            FolderName    = 'GrandTotal'
            'Size(Bytes)' = $grandTotal
            'Size(MB)'    = $totalFolderSizeInMB
            'Size(GB)'    = $totalFolderSizeInGB

        #Add the object to the array
        $folderList.Add($folderObject) | Out-Null

#Return the object array with the objects selected in the order specified.
Return $folderList

If you're just getting started in PowerShell, and would like some help, check out my series on Getting Started With Windows PowerShell.

As always, feedback is appreciated, and let me know if you have any questions.

-Ginger Ninja