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Interaction.Environ Method (String)

Returns the string associated with an operating-system environment variable.

Namespace:  Microsoft.VisualBasic
Assembly:  Microsoft.VisualBasic (in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll)

public static string Environ(
	string Expression


Type: System.String
Required. Expression that evaluates either a string containing the name of an environment variable, or an integer corresponding to the numeric order of an environment string in the environment-string table.

Return Value

Type: System.String
Returns the string associated with an operating-system environment variable.


Expression is missing.

If Expression contains a string, the Environ function returns the text assigned to the specified environment string—that is, the text following the equal sign (=) in the environment-string table for that environment variable. If the string in Expression cannot be found in the environment-string table, a zero-length string ("") is returned.

If Expression contains an integer, the string occupying that numeric position in the environment-string table is returned. In this case, Environ returns all of the text, including the name of the environment variable. If there is no environment string in the specified position, Environ returns a zero-length string.

Security noteSecurity Note

The Environ function requires environment permission, which might affect its execution in partial-trust situations. For more information, see SecurityPermission and Code Access Permissions.

This example uses the Environ function to supply the entry number and length of the PATH statement from the environment-string table.

Sub tenv()
    Dim envString As String
    Dim found As Boolean = False
    Dim index As Integer = 1
    Dim pathLength As Integer
    Dim message As String

    envString = Environ(index)
    While Not found And (envString <> "")
        If (envString.Substring(0, 5) = "Path=") Then
            found = True
            index += 1
            envString = Environ(index)
        End If
    End While

    If found Then
        pathLength = Environ("PATH").Length
        message = "PATH entry = " & index & " and length = " & pathLength
        message = "No PATH environment variable exists."
    End If

End Sub

.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.