How to: Determine if a File is Read-only in Visual Basic

The GetFileInfo method can be used to get a FileInfo object, which contains information about the specified file.


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To determine if a file is read-only

  • Use the GetFileInfo method to return a FileInfo object for the file, which can be queried for information. This example gets a FileInfo object for Testfile.txt and displays the appropriate message if the IsReadOnly property is set to True.

    Dim infoReader As System.IO.FileInfo
    infoReader = My.Computer.FileSystem.GetFileInfo("C:\testfile.txt")
    If infoReader.IsReadOnly = True Then
        MsgBox("File is readonly!")
    End If

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