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FileSystem.GetParentPath Method

Returns the parent path of the provided path.

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

public static string GetParentPath(
	string path


Type: System.String

Path to be examined.

Return Value

Type: System.String
The parent path of the provided 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 \\.\).


Path does not have a parent path because it is a root path.


path is Nothing.


The path exceeds the system-defined maximum length.


A file or directory name in the path contains a colon (:) or is in an invalid format.

This is a string operation; the file system is not examined.

This example gets the parent path for C:\Backups\Tmp\Test.

Dim strPath = My.Computer.FileSystem.GetParentPath("C:\backups\tmp\test")

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 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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