Delete File Example in Swift

In this short code example we will learn how to Delete a file from Documents directory using Swift. The below code will cover:

  • Find a Documents directory on device
  • Check if file exists
  • Delete file
  • Catch an error if error takes place
        let fileNameToDelete = "myFileName.txt"
        var filePath = ""
        // Fine documents directory on device
         let dirs : [String] = NSSearchPathForDirectoriesInDomains(FileManager.SearchPathDirectory.documentDirectory, FileManager.SearchPathDomainMask.allDomainsMask, true)
        if dirs.count > 0 {
            let dir = dirs[0] //documents directory
            filePath = dir.appendingFormat("/" + fileNameToDelete)
            print("Local path = \(filePath)")
        } else {
            print("Could not find local directory to store file")
        do {
             let fileManager = FileManager.default
            // Check if file exists
            if fileManager.fileExists(atPath: filePath) {
                // Delete file
                try fileManager.removeItem(atPath: filePath)
            } else {
                print("File does not exist")
        catch let error as NSError {
            print("An error took place: \(error)")

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