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Path.GetTempPath Method

Returns the path of the current user's temporary folder.

Namespace:  System.IO
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
public static string GetTempPath()

Return Value

Type: System.String
The path to the temporary folder, ending with a backslash.
ExceptionCondition
SecurityException

The caller does not have the required permissions.

This method checks for the existence of environment variables in the following order and uses the first path found:

  1. The path specified by the TMP environment variable.

  2. The path specified by the TEMP environment variable.

  3. The path specified by the USERPROFILE environment variable.

  4. The Windows directory.

The following code shows how to call the GetTempPath method.

string result = Path.GetTempPath();
Console.WriteLine(result);

This example produces output similar to the following.

C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Temp\

.NET Framework

Supported in: 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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