This code snippet allows you to list the files in a folder sorted by "last modified date". The tuple returned by the os.stat() function contains amongst other things the last modified date, which is then converted by the time.localtime() function to a tuple that is ideal for sorting. You can select the folder and the type of file you want to display.
# retrieve the file information from a selected folder # sort the files by last modified date/time and display in order newest file first # tested with Python24 vegaseat 21jan2006 import os, glob, time # use a folder you have ... root = 'D:\\Zz1\\Cartoons\\' # one specific folder #root = 'D:\\Zz1\\*' # all the subfolders too print '-'*60 # just vanity date_file_list =  for folder in glob.glob(root): print "folder =", folder # select the type of file, for instance *.jpg or all files *.* for file in glob.glob(folder + '/*.*'): # retrieves the stats for the current file as a tuple # (mode, ino, dev, nlink, uid, gid, size, atime, mtime, ctime) # the tuple element mtime at index 8 is the last-modified-date stats = os.stat(file) # create tuple (year yyyy, month(1-12), day(1-31), hour(0-23), minute(0-59), second(0-59), # weekday(0-6, 0 is monday), Julian day(1-366), daylight flag(-1,0 or 1)) from seconds since epoch # note: this tuple can be sorted properly by date and time lastmod_date = time.localtime(stats) #print image_file, lastmod_date # test # create list of tuples ready for sorting by date date_file_tuple = lastmod_date, file date_file_list.append(date_file_tuple) #print date_file_list # test date_file_list.sort() date_file_list.reverse() # newest mod date now first print "%-40s %s" % ("filename:", "last modified:") for file in date_file_list: # extract just the filename folder, file_name = os.path.split(file) # convert date tuple to MM/DD/YYYY HH:MM:SS format file_date = time.strftime("%m/%d/%y %H:%M:%S", file) print "%-40s %s" % (file_name, file_date)