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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, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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