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Python, how to get the details of a file

Published Jan 24 2021

Given the path to a file, you can get more information about it using several method provided by the os module:

Here is an example:

import os

filename = '/Users/flavio/test.txt'

print(os.path.getsize(filename))
print(os.path.getmtime(filename))
print(os.path.getctime(filename))

os.stat() returns all the information you need in a concise way:

import os

filename = '/Users/flavio/test.txt'

print(os.stat(filename))

It returns a os.stat_result object:

os.stat_result(st_mode=33252, st_ino=34409711, st_dev=16777224, st_nlink=1, st_uid=501, st_gid=20, st_size=189, st_atime=1605428774, st_mtime=1605428773, st_ctime=1605428773)

We have a lot of information here, including:

and you can reach for individual properties:

import os

filename = '/Users/flavio/test.txt'

stats = os.stat(filename)

print(stats.st_size)
print(stats.st_mtime)


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