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DirectoryInfo.Delete Method (Boolean)

[ This article is for Windows Phone 8 developers. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation. ]

Deletes this instance of a DirectoryInfo, specifying whether to delete subdirectories and files.

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

public void Delete(
	bool recursive


Type: System.Boolean
true to delete this directory, its subdirectories, and all files; otherwise, false.


The directory is read-only.


The directory contains one or more files or subdirectories and recursive is false.


The directory is the application's current working directory.


There is an open handle on the directory or on one of its files, and the operating system is Windows XP or earlier. This open handle can result from enumerating directories and files.


The caller does not have the required permission.

Version Notes

Windows Phone

 This member has a SecurityCriticalAttribute attribute. This attribute restricts this member to internal use. Application code that uses this member throws a MethodAccessException.

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0

Windows Phone