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DirectoryInfo.Exists Property

Gets a value indicating whether the directory exists.

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

public override bool Exists { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the directory exists; otherwise, false.

The Exists property returns false if any error occurs while trying to determine if the specified file exists. This can occur in situations that raise exceptions such as passing a file name with invalid characters or too many characters, a failing or missing disk, or if the caller does not have permission to read the file.

The following example demonstrates a use of the Exists property in the context of copying a source directory to a target directory.

using System;
using System.IO;

namespace DirectoryInfoCS2
{
    class Class1
    {
        // Copy a source directory to a target directory. 
        static public void CopyDirectory(string SourceDirectory, string TargetDirectory)
        {
            DirectoryInfo	source = new DirectoryInfo(SourceDirectory);
            DirectoryInfo	target = new DirectoryInfo(TargetDirectory);
			
            //Determine whether the source directory exists. 
            if(!source.Exists)
                return;
            if(!target.Exists)
                target.Create();
			
            //Copy files.
            FileInfo[] sourceFiles = source.GetFiles();	
            for(int i = 0; i < sourceFiles.Length; ++i)
                File.Copy(sourceFiles[i].FullName, target.FullName + "\\" + sourceFiles[i].Name,true);
			
            //Copy directories.
            DirectoryInfo[] sourceDirectories = source.GetDirectories();	
            for(int j = 0; j < sourceDirectories.Length; ++j)
                CopyDirectory(sourceDirectories[j].FullName,target.FullName +"\\" + sourceDirectories[j].Name);
        }

        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            CopyDirectory("D:\\Tools","D:\\NewTools");
        }
    }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8

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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