This documentation is archived and is not being maintained.

How to: Determine if a Directory Exists in Visual Basic 

You can use the My.Computer.FileSystem.DirectoryExists Method to determine whether or not a specified directory exists.

The call to DirectoryExists requires FileIOPermission.

This method throws no exceptions.


  The options available in dialog boxes, and the names and locations of menu commands you see, might differ from what is described in Help, depending on your active settings or edition. This Help page was written with General Development Settings in mind. To change your settings, choose Import and Export Settings on the Tools menu. For more information, see Visual Studio Settings.


To determine if a directory exists

  • Use the My.Computer.FileSystem.DirectoryExists method, supplying the path, to determine whether or not the specified directory exists. The following example checks to determine whether or not the directory C:\backup\logs exists and checks its properties.

    Dim logDirectoryProperties As System.IO.DirectoryInfo
    If My.Computer.FileSystem.DirectoryExists("C:\backup\logs") Then
        logDirectoryProperties = My.Computer.FileSystem.GetDirectoryInfo("C:\backup\logs")
    End If

See Also