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FileAttributes Enumeration

Provides attributes for files and directories.

This enumeration has a FlagsAttribute attribute that allows a bitwise combination of its member values.

[Visual Basic]
<Flags>
<Serializable>
Public Enum FileAttributes
[C#]
[Flags]
[Serializable]
public enum FileAttributes
[C++]
[Flags]
[Serializable]
__value public enum FileAttributes
[JScript]
public
   Flags
 Serializable
enum FileAttributes

Remarks

For an example of creating a file and writing text to a file, see Writing Text to a File. For an example of reading text from a file, see Reading Text from a File. For an example of reading from and writing to a binary file, see Reading and Writing to a Newly Created Data File.

All these attributes correspond to those in WinNT.h. Not all attributes are applicable to both files and directories.

Members

Member name Description Value
Archive

Supported by the .NET Compact Framework.

The file's archive status. Applications use this attribute to mark files for backup or removal. 32
Compressed

Supported by the .NET Compact Framework.

The file is compressed. 2048
Device

Supported by the .NET Compact Framework.

Reserved for future use. 64
Directory

Supported by the .NET Compact Framework.

The file is a directory. 16
Encrypted

Supported by the .NET Compact Framework.

The file or directory is encrypted. For a file, this means that all data in the file is encrypted. For a directory, this means that encryption is the default for newly created files and directories. 16384
Hidden

Supported by the .NET Compact Framework.

The file is hidden, and thus is not included in an ordinary directory listing. 2
Normal

Supported by the .NET Compact Framework.

The file is normal and has no other attributes set. This attribute is valid only if used alone. 128
NotContentIndexed

Supported by the .NET Compact Framework.

The file will not be indexed by the operating system's content indexing service. 8192
Offline

Supported by the .NET Compact Framework.

The file is offline. The data of the file is not immediately available. 4096
ReadOnly

Supported by the .NET Compact Framework.

The file is read-only. 1
ReparsePoint

Supported by the .NET Compact Framework.

The file contains a reparse point, which is a block of user-defined data associated with a file or a directory. 1024
SparseFile

Supported by the .NET Compact Framework.

The file is a sparse file. Sparse files are typically large files whose data are mostly zeros. 512
System

Supported by the .NET Compact Framework.

The file is a system file. The file is part of the operating system or is used exclusively by the operating system. 4
Temporary

Supported by the .NET Compact Framework.

The file is temporary. File systems attempt to keep all of the data in memory for quicker access rather than flushing the data back to mass storage. A temporary file should be deleted by the application as soon as it is no longer needed. 256

Requirements

Namespace: System.IO

Platforms: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family, .NET Compact Framework

Assembly: Mscorlib (in Mscorlib.dll)

See Also

System.IO Namespace | Working with I/O | Reading Text from a File | Writing Text to a File

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