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DirectoryInfo.GetFiles Method

Returns a file list from the current directory.

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

public FileInfo[] GetFiles()

Return Value

Type: System.IO.FileInfo[]
An array of type FileInfo.

ExceptionCondition
DirectoryNotFoundException

The path is invalid, such as being on an unmapped drive.

The EnumerateFiles and GetFiles methods differ as follows:

  • When you use EnumerateFiles, you can start enumerating the collection of FileInfo objects before the whole collection is returned.

  • When you use GetFiles, you must wait for the whole array of FileInfo objects to be returned before you can access the array.

Therefore, when you are working with many files and directories, EnumerateFiles can be more efficient.

If there are no files in the DirectoryInfo, this method returns an empty array.

The order of the returned file names is not guaranteed; use the Sort() method if a specific sort order is required.

This method pre-populates the values of the following FileInfo properties:

The following example shows how to get a list of files from a directory by using different search options. The example assumes a directory that has files named log1.txt, log2.txt, test1.txt, test2.txt, test3.txt, and a subdirectory that has a file named SubFile.txt.

using System;
using System.IO;

namespace ConsoleApplication1
{
    class Program
    {
        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            DirectoryInfo di = new DirectoryInfo(@"C:\Users\tomfitz\Documents\ExampleDir");
            Console.WriteLine("No search pattern returns:");
            foreach (var fi in di.GetFiles())
            {
                Console.WriteLine(fi.Name);
            }

            Console.WriteLine();

            Console.WriteLine("Search pattern *2* returns:");
            foreach (var fi in di.GetFiles("*2*"))
            {
                Console.WriteLine(fi.Name);
            }

            Console.WriteLine();

            Console.WriteLine("Search pattern test?.txt returns:");
            foreach (var fi in di.GetFiles("test?.txt"))
            {
                Console.WriteLine(fi.Name);
            }

            Console.WriteLine();

            Console.WriteLine("Search pattern AllDirectories returns:");
            foreach (var fi in di.GetFiles("*", SearchOption.AllDirectories))
            {
                Console.WriteLine(fi.Name);
            }
        }
    }
}
/* 
This code produces output similar to the following:

No search pattern returns:
log1.txt
log2.txt
test1.txt
test2.txt
test3.txt

Search pattern *2* returns:
log2.txt
test2.txt

Search pattern test?.txt returns:
test1.txt
test2.txt
test3.txt

Search pattern AllDirectories returns:
log1.txt
log2.txt
test1.txt
test2.txt
test3.txt
SubFile.txt
Press any key to continue . . .

*/

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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

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