How to get the latest file in a folder using python

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I need to get the latest file of a folder using python. While using the code:

max(files, key = os.path.getctime)

I am getting the below error:

FileNotFoundError: [WinError 2] The system cannot find the file specified: 'a'

May 27, 2020 in Python by kartik
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Hello @kartik,

 would suggest using glob.iglob() instead of the glob.glob(), as it is more efficient.

glob.iglob() Return an iterator which yields the same values as glob() without actually storing them all simultaneously.

Which means glob.iglob() will be more efficient.

I mostly use below code to find the latest file matching to my pattern:

LatestFile = max(glob.iglob(fileNamePattern),key=os.path.getctime)

Hope this work!!

answered May 27, 2020 by Niroj
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