Source code: Lib/glob.py
glob module finds all the pathnames matching a specified pattern according to the rules used by the Unix shell, although results are returned in arbitrary order. No tilde expansion is done, but
?, and character ranges expressed with
 will be correctly matched. This is done by using the
fnmatch.fnmatch() functions in concert, and not by actually invoking a subshell. Note that unlike
glob treats filenames beginning with a dot (
.) as special cases. (For tilde and shell variable expansion, use
For a literal match, wrap the meta-characters in brackets. For example,
'[?]' matches the character
pathlib module offers high-level path objects.
glob.glob(pathname, *, recursive=False)
Return a possibly-empty list of path names that match pathname, which must be a string containing a path specification. pathname can be either absolute (like
/usr/src/Python-1.5/Makefile) or relative (like
../../Tools/*/*.gif), and can contain shell-style wildcards. Broken symlinks are included in the results (as in the shell).
If recursive is true, the pattern “
**” will match any files and zero or more directories and subdirectories. If the pattern is followed by an
os.sep, only directories and subdirectories match.
Using the “
**” pattern in large directory trees may consume an inordinate amount of time.
Changed in version 3.5: Support for recursive globs using “
Escape all special characters (
'['). This is useful if you want to match an arbitrary literal string that may have special characters in it. Special characters in drive/UNC sharepoints are not escaped, e.g. on Windows
escape('//?/c:/Quo vadis?.txt') returns
New in version 3.4.
For example, consider a directory containing the following files:
card.gif and a subdirectory
sub which contains only the file
glob() will produce the following results. Notice how any leading components of the path are preserved.
>>> import glob >>> glob.glob('./[0-9].*') ['./1.gif', './2.txt'] >>> glob.glob('*.gif') ['1.gif', 'card.gif'] >>> glob.glob('?.gif') ['1.gif'] >>> glob.glob('**/*.txt', recursive=True) ['2.txt', 'sub/3.txt'] >>> glob.glob('./**/', recursive=True) ['./', './sub/']
If the directory contains files starting with
. they won’t be matched by default. For example, consider a directory containing
>>> import glob >>> glob.glob('*.gif') ['card.gif'] >>> glob.glob('.c*') ['.card.gif']
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