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FileSystem.GetDirectoryInfo Method

Returns a DirectoryInfo object for the specified path.

Namespace:  Microsoft.VisualBasic.FileIO
Assembly:  Microsoft.VisualBasic (in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll)

public static DirectoryInfo GetDirectoryInfo(
	string directory


Type: System.String

String. Path of directory.

Return Value

Type: System.IO.DirectoryInfo
DirectoryInfo object for the specified path.


The path is not valid for one of the following reasons: it is a zero-length string; it contains only white space; it contains invalid characters; or it is a device path (starts with \\.\).


directory is Nothing or an empty string.


The path exceeds the system-defined maximum length.


The directory path contains a colon (:) or is in an invalid format.


The user lacks necessary permissions to view the path

If the directory does not exist, an exception is not thrown until the first time a property on the DirectoryInfo object is accessed.

This example gets a DirectoryInfo object for the directory C:\Documents and Settings and displays the directory's creation time, last access time, and last write time.

Dim getInfo = My.Computer.FileSystem.GetDirectoryInfo(
MsgBox("The directory was created at " & getInfo.CreationTime)
MsgBox("The directory was last accessed at " & getInfo.LastAccessTime)
MsgBox("The directory was last written to at " & getInfo.LastWriteTime)

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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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