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How to list files with multiple extensions?

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Kevin on 24 Oct 2012
Answered: ANKUR WADHWA on 6 Nov 2019
Suppose I want mp3 or avi files from a folder, on Unix I could do
ls *.{mp3|avi}
Is there a clean one-liner way to do this in matlab? Presently, I can do it in two lines by doing the following:
f = dir(folder)
However, I find this rather ugly compared to the simplicity of the first expression.
Thanks, Kevin
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Matt J
Matt J on 24 Oct 2012
If you find it ugly, why not just wrap it in an mfile of your own?

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Doug Hull
Doug Hull on 24 Oct 2012
Can you run the command twice with two filters? The results would be two structures of the same format that could then be appended together.
Sean de Wolski
Sean de Wolski on 24 Oct 2012
@Kevin, a for-loop over a cell array containing the extentions would allow it to scale, though concatenating structures is ugly.

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Sean de Wolski
Sean de Wolski on 24 Oct 2012
You could just farm that command out to Unix if you are on a unix system...
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Kevin on 24 Oct 2012
You mean, something like:
[~, sysout] = system(['ls ' fullfile(folder,'*{mp3,avi}')]);
fileNames = regexp(sysout,'\n','split');
While this would work, cross comparability with windows is a must for me. Thanks for your input, though!

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ANKUR WADHWA on 6 Nov 2019
Though the thread is very old still for users who are looking for an easy way a very simple existing solution on Matlbcentral

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