Directory.Delete Method (String, Boolean)

July 28, 2014

Deletes the specified directory and, if indicated, any subdirectories and files in the directory.

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

public static void Delete(
	string path,
	bool recursive
)

Parameters

path
Type: System.String
The name of the directory to remove.
recursive
Type: System.Boolean
true to remove directories, subdirectories, and files in path; otherwise, false.

ExceptionCondition
IOException

A file with the same name and location specified by path exists.

-or-

The directory specified by path is read-only, or recursive is false and path is not an empty directory.

-or-

The directory is the application's current working directory.

-or-

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

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.

ArgumentNullException

path is null.

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.

DirectoryNotFoundException

The specified path does not exist or could not be found.

-or-

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

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 Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0

Windows Phone

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