I Googled so much and can’t find any simpler method to count files or folders in a directory in Linux. I am using Ubuntu 14.04. If it’s only files and folders, it would be simple.
Count Files and Folders
$ ls -l | wc -l
wc -l command is read “WordCount lines”. It means after you executed the
ls, the corresponding result will be counted by it’s line. For example, if you are using
ls in your working directory, say there are 2 files and 2 folders, it will return 4 lines. If you add it becomes
ls -a, it will return 2 more lines. So, it returns 6 lines because of “.” and “..” are counted.