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FileInfo.GetAccessControl Method (AccessControlSections)

Gets a FileSecurity object that encapsulates the specified type of access control list (ACL) entries for the file described by the current FileInfo object.

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

public FileSecurity GetAccessControl(
	AccessControlSections includeSections


Type: System.Security.AccessControl.AccessControlSections

One of the AccessControlSections values that specifies which group of access control entries to retrieve.

Return Value

Type: System.Security.AccessControl.FileSecurity
A FileSecurity object that encapsulates the access control rules for the current file.


An I/O error occurred while opening the file.


The current operating system is not Microsoft Windows 2000 or later.


The current system account does not have administrative privileges.


The file could not be found.


This operation is not supported on the current platform.


The caller does not have the required permission.

Use the GetAccessControl method to retrieve the access control list (ACL) entries for the current file.

An ACL describes individuals and/or groups who have, or do not have, rights to specific actions on the given file. For more information, see ACL Technology Overview and How to: Add or Remove Access Control List Entries.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0