du -hc *zip shows me total size of zip files in a folder, but it shows also every single file size of the folder. I only need total size.

Is there way to show the total size of a folder without showing single file sizes?

 du -ch *zip | grep total

Just add a grep statement in the end.

If you are against grep, you can use,

du -s *zip
-s, --summarize
display only a total for each argument
  • du -s *zip does not work for me and no need of grep anyhow du -ch *zip last line itself is total. see my answer. correct me if I am wrong. – harish.venkat May 29 '14 at 4:52
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    The -s flag summarises each argument, so if you run du -s *zip it still runs du on each .zip file, summarising each of them. It's very useful for getting a summary of how big a directory is, though. – rainbowgoblin May 29 '14 at 6:59

you can use du -ch *.zip | tail -1 . last line of du -ch is total. If the files have total.zip grep total will return that one as well.

  • I missed that point. Good catch :) – Ramesh May 29 '14 at 5:06

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