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Directory.GetAccessControl Method (String, AccessControlSections)

Note: This method is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Gets a DirectorySecurity object that encapsulates the specified type of access control list (ACL) entries for a specified directory.

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

public static DirectorySecurity GetAccessControl (
	string path,
	AccessControlSections includeSections
public static DirectorySecurity GetAccessControl (
	String path, 
	AccessControlSections includeSections
public static function GetAccessControl (
	path : String, 
	includeSections : AccessControlSections
) : DirectorySecurity



The path to a directory containing a DirectorySecurity object that describes the file's access control list (ACL) information.


One of the AccessControlSections values that specifies the type of access control list (ACL) information to receive.

Return Value

A DirectorySecurity object that encapsulates the access control rules for the file described by the path parameter.

Exception typeCondition


The path parameter is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


An I/O error occurred while opening the directory.


The current operating system is not Microsoft Windows 2000 or later.


The directory could not be found.


The path parameter specified a directory that is read-only.


This operation is not supported on the current platform.


The caller does not have the required permission.

  1. Use the GetAccessControl method to retrieve the access control list (ACL) entries for a directory.

An ACL describes individuals and/or groups who have, or do not have, rights to specific actions on the given file or directory. For more information, see ACL Technology Overview and How to: Add or Remove Access Control List Entries.

  1. In NTFS environments, ReadAttributes and ReadExtendedAttributes are granted to the user if the user has ListDirectory rights on the parent folder. To deny ReadAttributes and ReadExtendedAttributes, deny ListDirectory on the parent directory.

  • FileIOPermission  for permission to enumerate access control list (ACL) for a directory. Associated enumerations: NoAccess , View Security action: Demand.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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