Get Count of Files in Folder [Example]

Use Case

  • Use when you need a count of ONLY files in a Folder.
  • The Default is the Folder selected in the Finder; If not selected, Then the Target Folder of the Finder's Front Window is used.
  • A Prompt is shown to Confirm/Change Folder Path, and an option to Choose from List
  • This Macro is for Demo purposes. The actual core KM Action is just one Action:
  • Which is very reusable, since the script does not need to be changed to use different KM Variables for input/output.
  • This Macro also provides some reusable techniques for:
    • Get Finder Folder selected
    • Choose Folder from List
    • Branching on Custom Button in Prompt

As always, please feel free to post any comments, issues, and/or suggestions you may have concerning this macro.

MACRO:   Get Count of Files in Folder [Example]

~~~ VER: 1.1    2018-07-31 ~~~


Get Count of Files in Folder [Example].kmmacros (15 KB)
Note: This Macro was uploaded in a DISABLED state. You must enable before it can be triggered.

Example Output

In this case, no folder was selected in Finder, so the Window Target Folder was used.






  • Get a Count of ONLY Files in a Folder

How To Use

  1. Optionally, select a Folder in the Finder before you trigger this macro.
    • If a Folder is NOT selected, then the Target Folder of the Finder window is used.
  2. Trigger this macro.
    • It will then Prompt you to confirm/change the Folder
      (you can easily remove this Action if desired)
    • You can also choose to "Choose From List".
  3. Results are displayed (for information purposes).

NOTICE: This macro/script is just an Example

  • It is provided only for educational purposes, and may not be suitable for any specific purpose.
  • You need to test further before using in a production environment.
  • It does not have extensive error checking/handling.
  • It may not be complete. It is provided as an example to show you one approach to solving a problem.


  • Carefully review the Release Notes and the Macro Actions
    • Make sure you understand what the Macro will do.
    • You are responsible for running the Macro, not me. ??
  1. Assign a Trigger to this maro..
  2. Move this macro to a Macro Group that is only Active when you need this Macro.
  3. ENABLE this Macro.
    (all shown in the magenta color)


  1. KM 8.0.2+
  • But it can be written in KM 7.3.1+
  • It is KM8 specific just because some of the Actions have changed to make things simpler, but equivalent Actions are available in KM 7.3.1.
  1. macOS 10.11.6 (El Capitan)
  • KM 8 Requires Yosemite or later, so this macro will probably run on Yosemite, but I make no guarantees. :wink:


  • Any Action in magenta color is designed to be changed by end-user


  • To facilitate the reading, customizing, and maintenance of this macro,
    key Actions are colored as follows:
  • GREEN -- Key Comments designed to highlight main sections of macro
  • MAGENTA -- Actions designed to be customized by user
  • YELLOW -- Primary Actions (usually the main purpose of the macro)
  • ORANGE -- Actions that permanently destroy Variables or Clipboards,
    OR IF/THEN and PAUSE Actions


  • While I have given this limited testing, and to the best of my knowledge will do no harm, I cannot guarantee it.
  • If you have any doubts or questions:
    • Ask first
    • Turn on the KM Debugger from the KM Status Menu, and step through the macro, making sure you understand what it is doing with each Action.


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