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Directory.GetCurrentDirectory Method

Gets the current working directory of the application.

Namespace: System.IO
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static string GetCurrentDirectory ()
public static String GetCurrentDirectory ()
public static function GetCurrentDirectory () : String

Return Value

A string containing the path of the current working directory.

Exception typeCondition

UnauthorizedAccessException

The caller does not have the required permission.

NotSupportedException

The operating system is Windows CE, which does not have current directory functionality.

This method is available in the .NET Compact Framework, but is not currently supported.

The current directory is distinct from the original directory, which is the one from which the process was started.

The following table lists examples of other typical or related I/O tasks.

To do this...

See the example in this topic...

Create a text file.

How to: Write Text to a File

Write to a text file.

How to: Write Text to a File

Read from a text file.

How to: Read Text from a File

See the files in a directory.

Name

See the subdirectories of a directory.

GetDirectories

GetDirectories

See all the files in all subdirectories of a directory.

GetFileSystemInfos

Find the size of a directory.

Directory

Determine if a file exists.

Exists

Determine if a directory exists.

Exists

Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows CE Platform Note: Because some mobile device operating systems do not have current directory functionality, this method is not supported.

The following code example demonstrates the GetCurrentDirectory method.

using System;
using System.IO;

class Test 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
        try 
        {
            // Get the current directory.
            string path = Directory.GetCurrentDirectory();
            string target = @"c:\temp";
            Console.WriteLine("The current directory is {0}", path);
            if (!Directory.Exists(target)) 
            {
                Directory.CreateDirectory(target);
            }

            // Change the current directory.
            Environment.CurrentDirectory = (target);
            if (path.Equals(Directory.GetCurrentDirectory())) 
            {
                Console.WriteLine("You are in the temp directory.");
            } 
            else 
            {
                Console.WriteLine("You are not in the temp directory.");
            }
        } 
        catch (Exception e) 
        {
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString());
        }
    }
}

import System.*;
import System.IO.*;

class Test
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        try {
            // Get the current directory.
            String path = Directory.GetCurrentDirectory();
            String target = "c:\\temp";

            Console.WriteLine("The current directory is {0}", path);
            if (!(Directory.Exists(target))) {
                Directory.CreateDirectory(target);
            }

            // Change the current directory.
            Environment.set_CurrentDirectory(target);
            if (path.Equals(Directory.GetCurrentDirectory())) {
                Console.WriteLine("You are in the temp directory.");
            }
            else {
                Console.WriteLine("You are not in the temp directory.");
            }
        }
        catch (System.Exception e) {
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString());
        }
    } //main
} //Test

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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