du -h --max-depth=1 | sort -hr | head -20 -> the size will be displayed in GB, MB or K
du -hc –max-depth=1 /path/to/folder | sort -h
du “summarizes disk usage of each FILE, recursively for directories,” e.g.,
du -hs /path/to/directory
-his to get the numbers “human readable”, e.g. get
143260(size in KBytes)
-sis for summary (otherwise you’ll get not only the size of the folder but also for everything in the folder separately)
As you’re using
-h you can sort the human readable values using
du -h | sort -h
-h flag on
sort will consider “Human Readable” size values.
If want to avoid recursively listing all files and directories, you can supply the
--max-depth parameter to limit how many items are displayed. Most commonly,
du -h --max-depth=1 /path/to/directory
If your desired directory has many sub-directories then, use the following:
$ cd ~/your/target/directory $ du -csh
-c, –total produce a grand total
-s, –summarize display only a total for each argument
-h, –human-readable print sizes in human readable format (e.g., 1K 234M 2G)
which would then produce a overall total of the memory usage by all files/folders in the current directory.
-> Show top 10 biggest subdirs in the current dir.
du -sk * | sort -nr | head -10