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Directory.GetDirectories Method (String, String)

Gets an array of directories matching the specified search pattern from the current directory.

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

public static string[] GetDirectories (
	string path,
	string searchPattern
)
public static String[] GetDirectories (
	String path, 
	String searchPattern
)
public static function GetDirectories (
	path : String, 
	searchPattern : String
) : String[]

Parameters

path

The path to search.

searchPattern

The search string to match against the names of files in path. The parameter cannot end in two periods ("..") or contain two periods ("..") followed by DirectorySeparatorChar or AltDirectorySeparatorChar, nor can it contain any of the characters in InvalidPathChars.

Return Value

A String array of directories matching the search pattern.

Exception typeCondition

UnauthorizedAccessException

The caller does not have the required permission.

ArgumentException

path is a zero-length string, contains only white space, or contains one or more invalid characters as defined by InvalidPathChars.

-or-

searchPattern does not contain a valid pattern.

ArgumentNullException

path or searchPattern is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

PathTooLongException

The specified path, file name, or both exceed the system-defined maximum length. For example, on Windows-based platforms, paths must be less than 248 characters and file names must be less than 260 characters.

IOException

path is a file name.

DirectoryNotFoundException

The specified path is invalid (for example, it is on an unmapped drive).

The following wildcard specifiers are permitted in searchPattern.

Wildcard character

Description

*

Zero or more characters.

?

Exactly one character.

Characters other than the wildcard specifiers represent themselves. For example, the searchPattern string "*t" searches for all names in path ending with the letter "t". The searchPattern string "s*" searches for all names in path beginning with the letter "s".

The path parameter is permitted to specify relative or absolute path information. Relative path information is interpreted as relative to the current working directory. To obtain the current working directory, see GetCurrentDirectory.

The path parameter is not case-sensitive.

The following table lists examples of other typical or related I/O tasks.

To do this...

See the example in this topic...

Create a text file.

How to: Write Text to a File

Write to a text file.

How to: Write Text to a File

Read from a text file.

How to: Read Text from a File

Rename or move a directory.

Directory.Move

DirectoryInfo.MoveTo

Delete a directory.

Directory.Delete

DirectoryInfo.Delete

Create a directory.

CreateDirectory

Directory

Create a subdirectory.

CreateSubdirectory

See the files in a directory.

Name

See all the files in all subdirectories of a directory.

GetFileSystemInfos

Find the size of a directory.

Directory

Determine if a directory exists.

Exists

The following code example counts the number of directories in a path that begin with the specified letter.

using System;
using System.IO;

class Test 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
        try 
        {
            // Only get subdirectories that begin with the letter "p."
            string[] dirs = Directory.GetDirectories(@"c:\", "p*");
            Console.WriteLine("The number of directories starting with p is {0}.", dirs.Length);
            foreach (string dir in dirs) 
            {
                Console.WriteLine(dir);
            }
        } 
        catch (Exception e) 
        {
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString());
        }
    }
}

import System.*;
import System.IO.*;

class Test
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        try {
            // Only get subdirectories that begin with the letter "p."
            String dirs[] = Directory.GetDirectories("c:\\", "p*");

            Console.WriteLine("The number of directories starting "
                + "with p is {0}.", (Int32)dirs.length);
            String dir = "";
            for (int iCtr=0; iCtr < dirs.length; iCtr++) {
                dir = dirs[iCtr];
                Console.WriteLine(dir);
            }
        }
        catch (System.Exception e) {
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString());
        }
    } //main
} //Test

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The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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