How do I create a directory from Emacs?


How exactly can I create a new directory using Emacs? What commands do I use? (If possible, please provide an example)

  • to create the directory dir/to/create, type:

    M-x make-directory RET dir/to/create RET
  • to create directories dir/parent1/node and dir/parent2/node, type:

    M-! mkdir -p dir/parent{1,2}/node RET

    It assumes that Emacs's inferior shell is bash/zsh or other compatible shell.

  • or in a Dired mode


    It doesn't create nonexistent parent directories.


    C-x d *.py RET ; shows python source files in the CWD in `Dired` mode
    + test RET     ; create `test` directory in the CWD

    CWD stands for Current Working Directory.

  • or just create a new file with non-existing parent directories using C-x C-f and type:

    M-x make-directory RET RET

Emacs asks to create the parent directories automatically while saving a new file in recent Emacs versions. For older version, see How to make Emacs create intermediate dirs - when saving a file?