PowerShell script for counting files and folders

Suddenly woke up the other night and got the idea that I should create a script that counts files and folders in my PowerShell repo, and it ended up with the following script.

The script

This script counts files and folders recursively from a path specified. Let’s say you have some files and folders within the C:\temp folder, then the script will count all folders, subfolders and and files within these folders.

Then main functionality of the script happens in the process block, where the script loops through each item within the specified path using the cmdlet Get-ChildItem. Then it checks whether it is a directory and of a file contains a specified file ending. Since I was curios about how many PowerShell script files (.ps1) I had in my repo. Furthermore, If none of the if check conditions is met it goes to the else block and it is a file.

I also played around with a progress bar using the Write-Progress cmdlet. When the script runs it loads in the pace of the amount of files and folders within the specified path. This is cool, I must say. The rest of the script is the formatting of the result. Next up running the script.

function Measure-FilesAndFolders {
    param (
        # File path
        [Parameter(mandatory = $false)]
        $Path = "C:\Users\$env:USERNAME\source\repos\PowerShell_Scripts",

        # File ending
        [Parameter(Mandatory = $false)]
        $FileEnding = ".ps1"

    begin {
        $FileCount = 0
        $DirectoryCount = 0
        $FileEndingCount = 0
        $i = 0
        $Events = Get-ChildItem -Path $Path -Recurse

    process {
        foreach ($Item in Get-ChildItem -Path $Path -Recurse) {
            if ($Item.mode.substring(0, 1) -eq "d") {
            if ($Item | Where-Object { $_ -match "$FileEnding+?" }) {
            else {
            Write-Progress -Activity "Counting items..." -Status "Progress" -PercentComplete ($i / ($Events).Count * 100);
        $TotalFileCount = $FileCount + $FileEndingCount
        Write-Host -ForegroundColor Cyan "`nMeasured files and folders in the path: $Path `n"
        Write-Host -ForegroundColor Green "Total directory count: $DirectoryCount"
        Write-Host -ForegroundColor Green "Total file count: $TotalFileCount"
        Write-Host -ForegroundColor Green "Total files ending with $($FileEnding): $FileEndingCount of $TotalFileCount files`n"

Running the script

To run the above script you can use dot source, as seen in the code block below, and then run it as a regular cmdlet. I added the default path to my repo in the parameter section, so if you want it to work you must add a path that exists on your computer. When the script runs you should see the progress bar and the output of the result.

# Loading the script into memory
PS C:\> . .\Measure-FilesAndFolders.ps1

# Executing the cmdlet by using the c:\temp folder instead of the default which is my PowerShell repo.
PS C:\> Measure-FilesAndFolders -Path C:\temp

The result of the script

When the script runs, you should see the progress bar, as seen below.

Image of the progress bar in PowerShell

When the script is complete you should see a similar result, most likely with different values 😉

Image of the result from the cmdlet

That’s about it. Have a great evening!