FileSystemDirectoryHandle: removeEntry() method

Baseline 2023

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The removeEntry() method of the FileSystemDirectoryHandle interface attempts to remove an entry if the directory handle contains a file or directory called the name specified.


removeEntry(name, options)



A string representing the of the entry you wish to remove.

options Optional

An optional object containing options, which are as follows:

recursive Optional

A boolean value, which defaults to false. When set to true entries will be removed recursively.

Return value

A Promise which resolves with undefined.



Thrown if the name is not a valid string or contains characters not allowed on the file system.

NotAllowedError DOMException

Thrown if the PermissionStatus.state for the handle is not 'granted' in readwrite mode.

InvalidModificationError DOMException

Thrown if recursive is set to false and the entry to be removed has children.

NotFoundError DOMException

Thrown if the current entry is not found or if the entry of the specific name is not found or matched.


The following example removes an entry within the directory handle.

const entryName = "entryToRemove";

// assuming we have a directory handle: 'currentDirHandle'
currentDirHandle.removeEntry(entryName).then(() => {
  // code to run if removing was successful


File System Standard
# api-filesystemdirectoryhandle-removeentry

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