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This package will delete old files from directories. You can use a configuration file to specify the maximum age of a file in a certain directory.

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You can install the package via composer:

composer require spatie/laravel-directory-cleanup

In Laravel 5.5 the service provider will automatically get registered. In older versions of the framework just add the service provider in

'providers' => [


Next, you must publish the config file:

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Spatie\DirectoryCleanup\DirectoryCleanupServiceProvider"

This is the content of the published config file

return [

'directories' => [

     * Here you can specify which directories need to be cleanup. All files older than
     * the specified amount of minutes will be deleted.

    'path/to/a/directory' => [
        'deleteAllOlderThanMinutes' => 60 * 24,

 * If a file is older than the amount of minutes specified, a cleanup policy will decide if that file
 * should be deleted. By default every file that is older than the specified amount of minutes
 * will be deleted.
 * You can customize this behaviour by writing your own clean up policy.  A valid policy
 * is any class that implements `Spatie\DirectoryCleanup\Policies\CleanupPolicy`.
'cleanup_policy' => \Spatie\DirectoryCleanup\Policies\DeleteEverything::class,



Specify the directories that need cleaning in the config file.

When running the console command

all files in the specified directories older than
will be deleted. Empty subdirectories will also be deleted.

This command can be scheduled in Laravel's console kernel.

// app/Console/Kernel.php

protected function schedule(Schedule $schedule) { $schedule->command('clean:directories')->daily(); }

Writing a custom clean up policy

If you want to apply additional conditional logic before a file is deleted, you can replace the default

with a custom one. Create a class which implements
and add your logic to the
// app/CleanupPolicies/MyPolicy.php

namespace App\CleanupPolicies;

use Symfony\Component\Finder\SplFileInfo; use Spatie\DirectoryCleanup\Policies\CleanupPolicy;

class MyPolicy implements CleanupPolicy { public function shouldDelete(SplFileInfo $file) : bool { $filesToKeep = ['robots.txt'];

    return ! in_array($file->getFilename(), $filesToKeep);



Please see CHANGELOG for more information on what has changed recently.


$ composer test


Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.


If you discover any security related issues, please email [email protected] instead of using the issue tracker.



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