Get name of file from directory into variable

Rory Campbell-Lange rory at
Tue Aug 3 12:44:10 CEST 2010

On 03/08/10, Alex Willmer (alex at wrote:
> On Aug 3, 11:21?am, loial <jldunn2... at> wrote:
> > In a unix shell script I can do something like this to look in a
> > directory and get the name of a file or files into a variable :
> >
> > MYFILE=`ls /home/mydir/JOHN*.xml`
> >
> > Can I do this in one line in python?
> import glob
> my_files = glob.glob('/home/mydir/JOHN*.xml')

import os; my_files = [f for f in os.listdir('/home/mydir/') if 'JOHN' in f and 'xml' in f]

But in fact glob uses os.listdir and fnmatch.fnmatch functions
internally, so is definitely the way to go.

Rory Campbell-Lange
rory at

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