Recursively delete directory with JSch on SFTP with Java

For a recent project I needed a way to recursively delete a directory and all its content from a remote SFTP connection. This code snippet works like charm but be very careful when using it:


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3 thoughts on “Recursively delete directory with JSch on SFTP with Java

  1. Vladislav

    You also can add something like it to your code

    BiConsumer removesSftp = (clouser, path) -> {
    try {;
    } catch (Exception e) {
    if (!(e instanceof SftpException) || ((SftpException) e).id != 2) {//no such file code
    throw new RuntimeException(e);

    removesSftp.accept(channelSftp::rm, "1.txt");
    removesSftp.accept(channelSftp::rmdir, "a/");

    1. Lars Händler

      Oh, I havent thought of lamda expression for this problem. I will give it a try in my next code cleanup. It looks so fancy!

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