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File.Delete Method

April 12, 2014

Deletes the specified file. An exception is not thrown if the specified file does not exist.

Namespace:  System.IO
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
public static void Delete(
	string path
)

Parameters

path
Type: System.String
The name of the file to be deleted.
ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

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

ArgumentNullException

path is null.

DirectoryNotFoundException

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

IOException

The specified file is in use.

-or-

There is an open handle on the file, and the operating system is Windows XP or earlier. This open handle can result from enumerating directories and files.

NotSupportedException

path is in an invalid format.

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.

UnauthorizedAccessException

The caller does not have the required permission.

-or-

path is a directory.

-or-

path specified a read-only file.

Version Notes

Windows Phone

 This member has a SecurityCriticalAttribute attribute. This attribute restricts this member to internal use. Application code that uses this member throws a MethodAccessException.

Windows NT 4.0 Platform Note: Delete does not delete a file that is open for normal I/O or a file that is memory mapped.

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0

Windows Phone

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