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Path.DirectorySeparatorChar Field

Provides a platform-specific character used to separate directory levels in a path string that reflects a hierarchical file system organization.

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

public static readonly char DirectorySeparatorChar
public static final char DirectorySeparatorChar
public static final var DirectorySeparatorChar : char
Not applicable.

The character stored in this field cannot be in InvalidPathChars. AltDirectorySeparatorChar and DirectorySeparatorChar are both valid for separating directory levels in a path string.

The value of this field is a slash ("/") on UNIX, and a backslash ("\") on the Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

The following code example demonstrates the use of the DirectorySeparatorChar field.

Console.WriteLine("Path.AltDirectorySeparatorChar={0}", 
    Path.AltDirectorySeparatorChar);
Console.WriteLine("Path.DirectorySeparatorChar={0}", 
    Path.DirectorySeparatorChar);
Console.WriteLine("Path.PathSeparator={0}", 
    Path.PathSeparator);
Console.WriteLine("Path.VolumeSeparatorChar={0}", 
    Path.VolumeSeparatorChar);

Console.Write("Path.InvalidPathChars=");
foreach (char c in Path.InvalidPathChars)
    Console.Write(c);
Console.WriteLine();
// This code produces output similar to the following:
// Note that the InvalidPathCharacters contain characters
// outside of the printable character set.
//
// Path.AltDirectorySeparatorChar=/
// Path.DirectorySeparatorChar=\
// Path.PathSeparator=;
// Path.VolumeSeparatorChar=:

Console.WriteLine("Path.AltDirectorySeparatorChar={0}", 
    System.Convert.ToString(Path.AltDirectorySeparatorChar));
Console.WriteLine("Path.DirectorySeparatorChar={0}", 
    System.Convert.ToString(Path.DirectorySeparatorChar));
Console.WriteLine("Path.PathSeparator={0}", 
    System.Convert.ToString(Path.PathSeparator));
Console.WriteLine("Path.VolumeSeparatorChar={0}", 
    System.Convert.ToString (Path.VolumeSeparatorChar));

Console.Write("Path.InvalidPathChars=");

for(int iCtr=0; iCtr<Path.InvalidPathChars.length;iCtr++) {
    char c = Path.InvalidPathChars[iCtr];
    Console.Write(c);
}
Console.WriteLine();

Console.WriteLine("Path.AltDirectorySeparatorChar={0}", 
                  Path.AltDirectorySeparatorChar);
Console.WriteLine("Path.DirectorySeparatorChar={0}", 
                  Path.DirectorySeparatorChar);
Console.WriteLine("Path.PathSeparator={0}", 
                  Path.PathSeparator);
Console.WriteLine("Path.VolumeSeparatorChar={0}", 
                  Path.VolumeSeparatorChar);

Console.Write("Path.InvalidPathChars=");
for (var c : char in Path.InvalidPathChars)
    Console.Write(c);
Console.WriteLine();

Windows 98, Windows Server 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 Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0

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