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DirectoryInfo.Parent Property

Gets the parent directory of a specified subdirectory.

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

'Declaration
Public ReadOnly Property Parent As DirectoryInfo

Property Value

Type: System.IO.DirectoryInfo
The parent directory, or Nothing if the path is null or if the file path denotes a root (such as "\", "C:", or * "\\server\share").

ExceptionCondition
SecurityException

The caller does not have the required permission.

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

The following example demonstrates referring to the parent directory of a specified directory.

Imports System
Imports System.IO

Public Class MoveToTest

    Public Shared Sub Main()
        ' Make a reference to a directory. 
        Dim di As New DirectoryInfo("TempDir")
        ' Create the directory only if it does not already exist. 
        If di.Exists = False Then
            di.Create()
        End If 

        ' Create a subdirectory in the directory just created. 
        Dim dis As DirectoryInfo = di.CreateSubdirectory("SubDir")

        ' Get a reference to the parent directory of the subdirectory you just made. 
        Dim parentDir As DirectoryInfo = dis.Parent
        Console.WriteLine("The parent directory of '{0}' is '{1}'", dis.Name, parentDir.Name)

        ' Delete the parent directory.
        di.Delete(True)
    End Sub 'Main
End Class 'MoveToTest

.NET Framework

Supported in: 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 Silverlight 8.1, 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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