Check if File Does Not Exist in Bash

Fumbani Banda Mar 24, 2022 Oct 24, 2021
Check if File Does Not Exist in Bash

This tutorial checks if a regular file does not exist in bash with the test command.

Check if a file does not exist with test in Bash

The test command has a logical not operator, which is ! . We will also add the -f option to specify a file. In this case, the condition tests if the file does not exist.

if [ ! -f ];
     printf 'No such file\n'
     printf 'File exists\n'


No such file
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