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DirectoryCatalog Class

Discovers attributed parts in the assemblies in a specified directory.


Namespace:  System.ComponentModel.Composition.Hosting
Assembly:  System.ComponentModel.Composition (in System.ComponentModel.Composition.dll)

public class DirectoryCatalog : ComposablePartCatalog, 
	INotifyComposablePartCatalogChanged, ICompositionElement

The DirectoryCatalog type exposes the following members.

Public methodDirectoryCatalog(String)Initializes a new instance of the DirectoryCatalog class with ComposablePartDefinition objects based on all the DLL files in the specified directory path.
Public methodDirectoryCatalog(String, String)Initializes a new instance of the DirectoryCatalog class with ComposablePartDefinition objects based on the specified search pattern in the specified directory path.

Public propertyFullPathGets the translated absolute path observed by the DirectoryCatalog.
Public propertyLoadedFilesGets the collection of files currently loaded in the catalog.
Public propertyPartsGets the part definitions that are contained in the directory catalog. (Overrides ComposablePartCatalog.Parts.)
Public propertyPathGets the path observed by the DirectoryCatalog.
Public propertySearchPatternGets the search pattern passed into the constructor of DirectoryCatalog.

Public methodDispose()Releases all resources used by the ComposablePartCatalog. (Inherited from ComposablePartCatalog.)
Protected methodDispose(Boolean)Releases the unmanaged resources used by the DirectoryCatalog and optionally releases the managed resources. (Overrides ComposablePartCatalog.Dispose(Boolean).)
Public methodEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetExportsGets the export definitions that match the constraint expressed by the specified definition. (Overrides ComposablePartCatalog.GetExports(ImportDefinition).)
Public methodGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodOnChangedRaises the Changed event.
Protected methodOnChangingRaises the Changing event.
Public methodRefreshRefreshes the ComposablePartDefinition objects with the latest files in the directory that match the search pattern.
Public methodToStringGets a string representation of the directory catalog. (Overrides Object.ToString().)

Public eventChangedOccurs when the contents of the catalog has changed.
Public eventChangingOccurs when the catalog is changing.

Explicit interface implemetationPrivate propertyICompositionElement.DisplayNameGets the display name of the directory catalog.
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate propertyICompositionElement.OriginGets the composition element from which the directory catalog originated.

A DirectoryCatalog parses the contents of the designated directory. Any attributed parts contained in DLL files are extracted and made available via the catalog. A search pattern, to restrict parsing to specific DLLs, can also be specified using the same syntax as GetFiles.

Caution noteCaution

The designated directory should not allow access to non-administrators. For example, using a folder that contains temporary Internet files could create vulnerabilities in the application.

The following example creates a DirectoryCatalog that searches the directory the application runs from for parts. It uses a simple import to test the catalog. In order to fulfill this import, a DLL in the directory must have a matching export. (See below.)

public class Test2
    public Test1 data { get; set; }

class Program
    static void Main(string[] args)
        DirectoryCatalog catalog = new DirectoryCatalog(".");
        CompositionContainer container = new CompositionContainer(catalog);
        Test2 test = new Test2();

To create the matching export, the following code must be in a DLL file. To create a separate DLL in Visual Studio, add a new project of the type "Class Library" to the solution, and put this code in it.

public class Test1
    public String data = "The data!";

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, 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.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.