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HttpServerUtility.MapPath Method

Returns the physical file path that corresponds to the specified virtual path on the Web server.

Namespace:  System.Web
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)
public string MapPath(
	string path


Type: System.String

The virtual path of the Web server.

Return Value

Type: System.String
The physical file path that corresponds to path.

The current HttpContext is null.

If path is null, then the MapPath method returns the full physical path of the directory that contains the current application.

Security noteSecurity Note

The MapPath method potentially contains sensitive information about the hosting environment. The return value should not be displayed to users.

The following example shows how to retrieve the physical file of a relative virtual path. The code resides in the code-behind file for a web page.

public partial class _Default : Page
    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        string pathToFiles = Server.MapPath("/UploadedFiles");

The next example is similar to the previous example except it shows how to retrieve a physical path from within a class that is not in the code-behind file.

public class SampleClass
    public string GetFilePath()
        return HttpContext.Current.Server.MapPath("/UploadedFiles");

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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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