• Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 3509
  • Last Modified:

Delete All Contents of Folder Older than 7 Days

To All,

My problem is, I use a batch file to copy all contents of the Z drive and put them in C:\htmlbackup\%date%
And so on.

So I want to create a batch file that will delete all folders older than 7 days of the current date.
Current date = 2004-04-10
I want to delete all folders before 2004-04-03

I will use Scheduled Tasks to run the batch file every 7 days.  I am using Windows Server 2003.

1 Solution
Try this:

@echo off

set yyyy=

set $tok=1-3
for /f "tokens=1 delims=.:/-, " %%u in ('date /t') do set $d1=%%u
if "%$d1:~0,1%" GTR "9" set $tok=2-4
for /f "tokens=%$tok% delims=.:/-, " %%u in ('date /t') do (
 for /f "skip=1 tokens=2-4 delims=/-,()." %%x in ('echo.^|date') do (
    set %%x=%%u
    set %%y=%%v
    set %%z=%%w
    set $d1=
    set $tok=))

if "%yyyy%"=="" set yyyy=%yy%
if /I %yyyy% LSS 100 set /A yyyy=2000 + 1%yyyy% - 100

REM Substract your 7 days here
set /A dd=1%dd% - 100 - 7
set /A mm=1%mm% - 100 + 0

if /I %dd% GTR 0 goto DONE

set /A mm=%mm% - 1

if /I %mm% GTR 0 goto ADJUSTDAY

set /A mm=12
set /A yyyy=%yyyy% - 1


if %mm%==1 goto SET31
if %mm%==2 goto LEAPCHK
if %mm%==3 goto SET31
if %mm%==4 goto SET30
if %mm%==5 goto SET31
if %mm%==6 goto SET30
if %mm%==7 goto SET31
if %mm%==8 goto SET31
if %mm%==9 goto SET30
if %mm%==10 goto SET31
if %mm%==11 goto SET30
if %mm%==12 goto SET31

echo ERROR: unexpected month:
echo dd=%dd% mm=%mm%, yyyy=%yyyy%
goto :EOF


set /A dd=31 + %dd%

goto DONE


set /A dd=30 + %dd%

goto DONE


set /A tt=%yyyy% %% 4

if not %tt%==0 goto SET28

set /A tt=%yyyy% %% 100

if not %tt%==0 goto SET29

set /A tt=%yyyy% %% 400

if %tt%==0 goto SET29


set /A dd=28 + %dd%

goto DONE


set /A dd=29 + %dd%


if /i %dd% LSS 10 set dd=0%dd%
if /I %mm% LSS 10 set mm=0%mm%

set _CutOff=%yyyy%-%mm%-%dd%

set mm=
set yyyy=
set dd=
set tt=

REM ** Here is where you specify what you want to scan

for /F "delims=" %%i in ('dir /b /ad c:\htmlbackup') do if /I %%i LSS %_CutOff% echo rd "c:\htmlbackup\%%i" /s /q

set _CutOff=

Remove the echo statement to activate the rd command.

Good Luck,
If you don't mind installing the free and powerfull Perl from (for instance)

I made the script below
1. safe: it will first display the dirs it keeps or remove (not deleting anything), please test
2. safe: it tries to change dir to where your backups are or leave if it cannot
3. safe: it works only on directories with name like year-month-day
4. after testing it, when you are ok, just uncomment the line "# rmtree($_);" => "rmtree($_);" to do the actual deletion

run the script (make sure perl is reachable):  perl  delbkp.pl
(note that file path are / based, not \ :)

--------script please call it  'delbkp.pl'------------------


$home = "C:/htmlbackup";

use File::Path;
use Time::Local;

chdir ($home) or die "Cannot change dir to $home";

$now = time();

for (<[12][0-9][0-9][0-9]-[0-1][0-9]-[0-3][0-9]>)
  if ( -d $_ )
    $before = timelocal(0,0,0,$_[2],$_[1]-1,$_[0]-1900);
    $delete = (($now - $before)/86400 > $NUMBER_OF_DAYS);
    print "$_ ", ($delete ? "remove":"keep"), "\n";
    # uncomment (remove the #) the next line when you are ok!

    # rmtree($_) if ($delete);

Featured Post

Important Lessons on Recovering from Petya

In their most recent webinar, Skyport Systems explores ways to isolate and protect critical databases to keep the core of your company safe from harm.

Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now