Microsoft DOS deltree command

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

About deltree

Short for delete tree, deltree is a command used to delete files and directories permanently from the computer.


The deltree is an external command that is available in the Microsoft operating systems listed below as deltree.exe.

Note: Users who are using Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 should utilize the del or rmdir command.

Deltree syntax

Deletes a directory and all the subdirectories and files in it.

To delete one or more files and directories: DELTREE [/Y] [drive:]path [[drive:]path[...]]

/Y Suppresses prompting to confirm you want to delete the subdirectory.
[drive:]path Specifies the name of the directory you want to delete.

Note: Use DELTREE cautiously. Every file and subdirectory in the specified directory will be deleted. Once deleted, you cannot recover the information.

Deltree examples

deltree c:\fake010

Deletes the fake010 directory and everything in it.

Additional information

  • See our delete definition for further information and related links on this term.