Delete Method (Boolean)
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DirectoryInfo.Delete Method (Boolean)

When it is called by trusted applications, 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.

Platform Notes

Silverlight for Windows Phone Silverlight for Windows Phone

 This member has a SecurityCriticalAttribute attribute on Silverlight for Windows Phone, because the attribute was present in Silverlight 3. This attribute restricts this member to internal use. Application code that uses this member throws a MethodAccessException.


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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