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FileInfo Class

Provides instance methods for the creation, copying, deletion, moving, and opening of files, and aids in the creation of FileStream objects. This class cannot be inherited.

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

[SerializableAttribute] 
[ComVisibleAttribute(true)] 
public sealed class FileInfo : FileSystemInfo
/** @attribute SerializableAttribute() */ 
/** @attribute ComVisibleAttribute(true) */ 
public final class FileInfo extends FileSystemInfo
SerializableAttribute 
ComVisibleAttribute(true) 
public final class FileInfo extends FileSystemInfo

Use the FileInfo class for typical operations such as copying, moving, renaming, creating, opening, deleting, and appending to files.

Many of the FileInfo methods return other I/O types when you create or open files. You can use these other types to further manipulate a file. For more information, see specific FileInfo members such as Open, OpenRead, OpenText, CreateText, or Create.

If you are going to reuse an object several times, consider using the instance method of FileInfo instead of the corresponding static methods of the File class, because a security check will not always be necessary.

By default, full read/write access to new files is granted to all users.

The following table describes the enumerations that are used to customize the behavior of various FileInfo methods.

Enumeration

Description

FileAccess

Specifies read and write access to a file.

FileShare

Specifies the level of access permitted for a file that is already in use.

FileMode

Specifies whether the contents of an existing file are preserved or overwritten, and whether requests to create an existing file cause an exception.

NoteNote

In members that accept a path as an input string, that path must be well-formed or an exception is raised. For example, if a path is fully qualified but begins with a space, the path is not trimmed in methods of the class. Therefore, the path is malformed and an exception is raised. Similarly, a path or a combination of paths cannot be fully qualified twice. For example, "c:\temp c:\windows" also raises an exception in most cases. Ensure that your paths are well-formed when using methods that accept a path string.

In members that accept a path, the path can refer to a file or just a directory. The specified path can also refer to a relative path or a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path for a server and share name. For example, all the following are acceptable paths:

  • "c:\\MyDir\\MyFile.txt" in C#, or "c:\MyDir\MyFile.txt" in Visual Basic.

  • "c:\\MyDir" in C#, or "c:\MyDir" in Visual Basic.

  • "MyDir\\MySubdir" in C#, or "MyDir\MySubDir" in Visual Basic.

  • "\\\\MyServer\\MyShare" in C#, or "\\MyServer\MyShare" in Visual Basic.

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

Append text to a file.

How to: Open and Append to a Log File

File.AppendText

FileInfo.AppendText

Rename or move a file.

File.Move

FileInfo.MoveTo

Delete a file.

File.Delete

FileInfo.Delete

Copy a file.

File.Copy

FileInfo.CopyTo

Get the size of a file.

FileInfo.Length

Get the attributes of a file.

File.GetAttributes

Set the attributes of a file.

File.SetAttributes

Determine if a file exists.

File.Exists

Read from a binary file.

How to: Read and Write to a Newly Created Data File

Write to a binary file.

How to: Read and Write to a Newly Created Data File

Retrieve a file extension.

Path.GetExtension

Retrieve the fully qualified path of a file.

Path.GetFullPath

Retrieve the file name and extension from a path.

Path.GetFileName

Change the extension of a file.

Path.ChangeExtension

Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows CE Platform Note: Because file systems for devices operate differently, the .NET Compact Framework does not support getting or setting file attributes.

The following example demonstrates some of the main members of the FileInfo class.

using System;
using System.IO;

class Test 
{
	
    public static void Main() 
    {
        string path = Path.GetTempFileName();
        FileInfo fi1 = new FileInfo(path);

        if (!fi1.Exists) 
        {
            //Create a file to write to.
            using (StreamWriter sw = fi1.CreateText()) 
            {
                sw.WriteLine("Hello");
                sw.WriteLine("And");
                sw.WriteLine("Welcome");
            }	
        }

        //Open the file to read from.
        using (StreamReader sr = fi1.OpenText()) 
        {
            string s = "";
            while ((s = sr.ReadLine()) != null) 
            {
                Console.WriteLine(s);
            }
        }

        try 
        {
            string path2 = Path.GetTempFileName();
            FileInfo fi2 = new FileInfo(path2);

            //Ensure that the target does not exist.
            fi2.Delete();

            //Copy the file.
            fi1.CopyTo(path2);
            Console.WriteLine("{0} was copied to {1}.", path, path2);

            //Delete the newly created file.
            fi2.Delete();
            Console.WriteLine("{0} was successfully deleted.", path2);

        } 
        catch (Exception e) 
        {
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString());
        }
    }
}

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

class Test
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        String path = "c:\\temp\\MyTest.txt";
        FileInfo fi1 = new FileInfo(path);

        if (!(fi1.get_Exists())) {
            //Create a file to write to.
            StreamWriter sw = fi1.CreateText();
            try {
                sw.WriteLine("Hello");
                sw.WriteLine("And");
                sw.WriteLine("Welcome");
            }
            finally {
                sw.Dispose();
            }
        }

        //Open the file to read from.
        StreamReader sr = fi1.OpenText();
        try {
            String s = "";
            while ((s = sr.ReadLine())!= null) {
                Console.WriteLine(s);
            }
        }
        finally {
            sr.Dispose();
        }
        try {
            String path2 = path + "temp";
            FileInfo fi2 = new FileInfo(path2);

            //Ensure that the target does not exist.
            fi2.Delete();

            //Copy the file.
            fi1.CopyTo(path2);
            Console.WriteLine("{0} was copied to {1}.", path, path2);

            //Delete the newly created file.
            fi2.Delete();
            Console.WriteLine("{0} was successfully deleted.", path2);
        }
        catch (System.Exception e) {
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString());
        }
    } //main
} //Test

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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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