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DirectoryInfo.Delete Method

Deletes this DirectoryInfo if it is empty.

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

public override void Delete()

ExceptionCondition
UnauthorizedAccessException

The directory contains a read-only file.

DirectoryNotFoundException

The directory described by this DirectoryInfo object does not exist or could not be found.

IOException

The directory is not empty.

-or-

The directory is the application's current working directory.

-or-

There is an open handle on the directory, and the operating system is Windows XP or earlier. This open handle can result from enumerating directories. For more information, see How to: Enumerate Directories and Files.

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 throws an exception if you attempt to delete a directory that is not empty.

using System;
using System.IO;

class Test 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
        // Specify the directories you want to manipulate.
        DirectoryInfo di1 = new DirectoryInfo(@"c:\MyDir");

        try 
        {
            // Create the directories.
            di1.Create();
            di1.CreateSubdirectory("temp");

            //This operation will not be allowed because there are subdirectories.
            Console.WriteLine("I am about to attempt to delete {0}", di1.Name);
            di1.Delete();
            Console.WriteLine("The Delete operation was successful, which was unexpected.");
        } 
        catch (Exception) 
        {
            Console.WriteLine("The Delete operation failed as expected.");
        } 
        finally {}
    }
}

.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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