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DateTimeOffset.FromFileTime Method

Converts the specified Windows file time to an equivalent local time.

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

static member FromFileTime : 
        fileTime:int64 -> DateTimeOffset 


Type: System.Int64
A Windows file time, expressed in ticks.

Return Value

Type: System.DateTimeOffset
An object that represents the date and time of fileTime with the offset set to the local time offset.


filetime is less than zero.


filetime is greater than DateTimeOffset.MaxValue.Ticks.

A Windows file time is a 64-bit value that represents the number of 100-nanosecond intervals that have elapsed since 12:00 midnight, January 1, 1601 A.D. (C.E.) Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Windows uses a file time to record when an application creates, accesses, or writes to a file.

A Windows file time is directly accessible through the Windows API by calling the GetFileTime function, which returns a FILETIME structure. The single function parameter is the handle of the file whose file time information is to be retrieved. The file handle is retrieved by calling the CreateFile function. The FILETIME structure's dwHighDateTime member contains the four high-order bytes of the file time, and its dwLowDateTime member contains the four low-order bytes. The example that follows illustrates how to retrieve Windows file time values and convert them to DateTimeOffset values.

Windows file time values can also be created from DateTime values by calling the DateTime.ToFileTime and DateTime.ToFileTimeUtc methods, and from DateTimeOffset values by calling the DateTimeOffset.ToFileTime method.

The following example uses the Windows API to retrieve the Windows file times for the WordPad executable.

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.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1, 3.0 SP1, 2.0 SP1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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.