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Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable Method (String)

Retrieves the value of an environment variable from the current process.

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

static member GetEnvironmentVariable : 
        variable:string -> string 


Type: System.String
The name of the environment variable.

Return Value

Type: System.String
The value of the environment variable specified by variable, or a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) if the environment variable is not found.


variable is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


The caller does not have the required permission to perform this operation.

Environment variable names are not case-sensitive.

The following example demonstrates the GetEnvironmentVariable method.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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