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DirectoryInfo.GetDirectories Method

Returns the subdirectories of the current directory.

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

public DirectoryInfo[] GetDirectories()

Return Value

Type: System.IO.DirectoryInfo[]
An array of DirectoryInfo objects.


The path encapsulated in the DirectoryInfo object is invalid, such as being on an unmapped drive.


The caller does not have the required permission.


The caller does not have the required permission.

If there are no subdirectories, this method returns an empty array. This method is not recursive.

This method pre-populates the values of the following DirectoryInfo properties:

The following example retrieves all the directories in the root directory and displays the directory names.

using System;
using System.IO;

public class GetDirectoriesTest 
    public static void Main() 

        // Make a reference to a directory.
        DirectoryInfo di = new DirectoryInfo("c:\\");

        // Get a reference to each directory in that directory.
        DirectoryInfo[] diArr = di.GetDirectories();

        // Display the names of the directories.
        foreach (DirectoryInfo dri in diArr)

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, 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.