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Directory.GetLastWriteTime Method

Returns the date and time the specified file or directory was last written to.

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

public static DateTime GetLastWriteTime(
	string path
)

Parameters

path
Type: System.String

The file or directory for which to obtain modification date and time information.

Return Value

Type: System.DateTime
A structure that is set to the date and time the specified file or directory was last written to. This value is expressed in local time.

ExceptionCondition
UnauthorizedAccessException

The caller does not have the required permission.

ArgumentException

path is a zero-length string, contains only white space, or contains one or more invalid characters. You can query for invalid characters with the GetInvalidPathChars method.

ArgumentNullException

path is null.

PathTooLongException

The specified path, file name, or both exceed the system-defined maximum length. For example, on Windows-based platforms, paths must be less than 248 characters and file names must be less than 260 characters.

NoteNote

This method may return an inaccurate value, because it uses native functions whose values may not be continuously updated by the operating system.

If the directory described in the path parameter does not exist, this method returns 12:00 midnight, January 1, 1601 A.D. (C.E.) Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), adjusted to local time.

The path parameter is permitted to specify relative or absolute path information. Relative path information is interpreted as relative to the current working directory. To obtain the current working directory, see GetCurrentDirectory.

The path parameter is not case-sensitive.

For a list of common I/O tasks, see Common I/O Tasks.

The following example demonstrates how to use GetLastWriteTime.

using System;
using System.IO;

class Test 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
        try 
        {
            string path = @"c:\MyDir";
            if (!Directory.Exists(path)) 
            {
                Directory.CreateDirectory(path);
            } 
            else 
            {
                // Take an action which will affect the write time.
                Directory.SetLastWriteTime(path, new DateTime(1985,4,3));
            }

            // Get the creation time of a well-known directory.
            DateTime dt = Directory.GetLastWriteTime(path);
            Console.WriteLine("The last write time for this directory was {0}", dt);
			
            // Update the last write time.
            Directory.SetLastWriteTime(path, DateTime.Now);
            dt = Directory.GetLastWriteTime(path);
            Console.WriteLine("The last write time for this directory was {0}", dt);
        } 

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

.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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