How to Sort Files in Windows Order Using Python?

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To sort files in Windows order using Python, you can use the natsort library. This library provides a natsorted() function that sorts a list of strings in “natural order” (i.e. the way that Windows sorts files).

Here’s an example of how to use the natsorted() function to sort a list of file names in Windows order:

from natsort import natsorted
import os

path = '/path/to/directory'  # Replace with the path to your directory

files = os.listdir(path)
sorted_files = natsorted(files)


In this example, we first import the natsorted() function from the natsort library, and the os module to get a list of file names in a directory. We then use the os.listdir() function to get a list of file names in the directory, and pass that list to the natsorted() function to sort the file names in Windows order. The sorted list of file names is stored in the sorted_files variable and printed to the console.

Note that you will need to install the natsort library before you can use it. You can install it using pip:

pip install natsort

Also note that the natsorted() function sorts the list of file names in-place, meaning that it modifies the original list of file names directly, rather than returning a new sorted list. If you want to preserve the original list of file names, you should make a copy of the list before calling natsorted().

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