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How to: Get the Collection of Files in a Directory in Visual Basic

The My.Computer.FileSystem.GetFiles Method returns a read-only collection of strings representing the name of the files within a directory. You can use the wildCards parameter to specify a specific pattern. To include subdirectories in the search, set the searchType parameter to SearchOption.SearchAllSubDirectories.

An empty collection is returned if no files matching the specified pattern are found.

To list files in a directory

  • Use the GetFiles method, supplying the name and path of the directory to search. The following example returns all files in the directory and adds them to ListBox1.

    For Each foundFile As String In My.Computer.FileSystem.GetFiles _

    This code example is also available as an IntelliSense code snippet. In the code snippet picker, it is located in File system - Processing Drives, Folders, and Files. For more information, see How to: Insert Snippets Into Your Code (Visual Basic).

The following conditions may cause an exception: