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DirectoryInfo.GetFiles Method

Returns a file list from the current directory.

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

public FileInfo[] GetFiles()

Return Value

Type: System.IO.FileInfo[]
An array of type FileInfo.


The path is invalid, such as being on an unmapped drive.

If there are no files in the DirectoryInfo, this method returns an empty array.

The order of the returned file names is not guaranteed; use the Sort() method if a specific sort order is required.

For a list of common I/O tasks, see Common I/O Tasks.

The following example retrieves files from a specified directory.

using System;
using System.IO;

public class GetFilesTest 
    public static void Main() 
        // Make a reference to a directory.
        DirectoryInfo di = new DirectoryInfo("c:\\");

        // Get a reference to each file in that directory.
        FileInfo[] fiArr = di.GetFiles();

        // Display the names of the files. 
        foreach (FileInfo fri in fiArr)

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0