VirtualPathProvider.GetDirectory Method

Gets a virtual directory from the virtual file system.

Namespace: System.Web.Hosting
Assembly: System.Web (in system.web.dll)

public virtual VirtualDirectory GetDirectory (
	string virtualDir
public VirtualDirectory GetDirectory (
	String virtualDir
public function GetDirectory (
	virtualDir : String
) : VirtualDirectory
Not applicable.



The path to the virtual directory.

Return Value

A descendent of the VirtualDirectory class that represents a directory in the virtual file system.

The GetDirectory method returns a descendent of the VirtualDirectory class that contains the file and directories contained in the directory specified in the virtualDir parameter.

If your custom VirtualPathProvider class does not support directories, the GetDirectory method should return a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


If your virtual file system will contain themes for the Web site (by creating a virtual App_Themes directory), your custom VirtualPathProvider class must support directories.

The following code example is an implementation of the GetDirectory method in a custom VirtualPathProvider class. For the full code required to run the example, see the Example section of the VirtualPathProvider class overview topic.

public override VirtualDirectory GetDirectory(string virtualDir)
  if (IsPathVirtual(virtualDir))
    return new SampleVirtualDirectory(virtualDir, this);
    return Previous.GetDirectory(virtualDir);

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

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0

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