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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)

Public Shared Function FromFileTime ( _
	fileTime As Long _
) As 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.

Imports System.IO

Public Structure FileTime
   Public dwLowDateTime As UInteger
   Public dwHighDateTime As UInteger

   Public Shared Widening Operator CType(fileTime As FileTime) As Long
      Dim returnedLong As Long
      ' Convert 4 high-order bytes to a byte array
      Dim highBytes() As Byte = BitConverter.GetBytes(fileTime.dwHighDateTime)
      ' Resize the array to 8 bytes (for a Long)
      ReDim Preserve highBytes(7)

      ' Assign high-order bytes to first 4 bytes of Long
      returnedLong = BitConverter.ToInt64(highBytes, 0) 
      ' Shift high-order bytes into position
      returnedLong = returnedLong << 32
      ' Or with low-order bytes
      returnedLong = returnedLong Or fileTime.dwLowDateTime
      ' Return Long 
      return returnedLong
   End Operator
End Structure

Module modMain
   Private Const OPEN_EXISTING As Integer = 3

   Private Const INVALID_HANDLE_VALUE As Integer = -1

   Private Declare Function CreateFile Lib "kernel32" Alias "CreateFileA" ( _
                            ByVal lpFileName As String, _
                            ByVal dwDesiredAccess As Integer, _
                            ByVal dwShareMode As Integer, _
                            ByVal lpSecurityAttributes As Integer, _
                            ByVal dwCreationDisposition As Integer, _
                            ByVal dwFlagsAndAttributes As Integer, _
                            ByVal hTemplateFile As Integer) _
           As Integer

   Private Declare Function GetFileTime Lib "Kernel32"( _
                            hFile As Integer, _
                            ByRef lpCreationTime As FileTime, _
                            ByRef lpLastAccessTime As FileTime, _
                            ByRef lpLastWriteTime As FileTime) _
            As Boolean 

   Private Declare Function CloseHandle Lib "Kernel32" ( _
                            hFile As Integer) _
           As Boolean

   Public Sub Main()
      ' Open file %windir%\write.exe
      Dim winDir As String = Environment.SystemDirectory 
      If Not winDir.EndsWith(Path.DirectorySeparatorChar) Then _
         winDir += Path.DirectorySeparatorChar 
      windir += "write.exe"

      ' Get file time using Windows API
      ' Open file
      Dim hFile As Integer = CreateFile(winDir, 0, 0, 0, _
                                       OPEN_EXISTING, 0, 0)
      If hFile = INVALID_HANDLE_VALUE Then
         Console.WriteLine("Unable to access {0}.", winDir)
         Dim creationTime, accessTime, writeTime As FileTime
         If GetFileTime(hFile, creationTime, accessTime, writeTime) Then
            Dim fileCreationTime As Long = CType(creationTime, Long)
            Dim fileAccessTime As Long = CType(accessTime, Long)
            Dim fileWriteTime As Long = CType(writeTime, Long)

            Console.WriteLine("File {0} Retrieved Using the Windows API:", winDir)
            Console.WriteLine("   Created:     {0:d}", DateTimeOffset.FromFileTime(fileCreationTime).ToString())
            Console.WriteLine("   Last Access: {0:d}", DateTimeOffset.FromFileTime(fileAccessTime).ToString())
            Console.WriteLine("   Last Write:  {0:d}", DateTimeOffset.FromFileTime(fileWriteTime).ToString())
         End If   
      End If

      ' Get date and time, convert to file time, then convert back
      Dim fileInfo As New FileInfo(winDir)
      Dim infoCreationTime, infoAccessTime, infoWriteTime As DateTimeOffset
      Dim ftCreationTime, ftAccessTime, ftWriteTime As Long

      ' Get dates and times of file creation, last access, and last write
      infoCreationTime = fileInfo.CreationTime
      infoAccessTime = fileInfo.LastAccessTime
      infoWriteTime = fileInfo.LastWriteTime
      ' Convert values to file times
      ftCreationTime = infoCreationTime.ToFileTime()
      ftAccessTime = infoAccessTime.ToFileTime()
      ftWriteTime = infoWriteTime.ToFileTime()

      ' Convert file times back to DateTimeOffset values
      Console.WriteLine("File {0} Retrieved Using a FileInfo Object:", winDir)
      Console.WriteLine("   Created:     {0:d}", DateTimeOffset.FromFileTime(ftCreationTime).ToString())
      Console.WriteLine("   Last Access: {0:d}", DateTimeOffset.FromFileTime(ftAccessTime).ToString())
      Console.WriteLine("   Last Write:  {0:d}", DateTimeOffset.FromFileTime(ftWriteTime).ToString()) 
   End Sub
End Module
' The example produces the following output:
'    File C:\WINDOWS\system32\write.exe Retrieved Using the Windows API:
'       Created:     10/13/2005 5:26:59 PM -07:00
'       Last Access: 3/20/2007 2:07:00 AM -07:00
'       Last Write:  8/4/2004 5:00:00 AM -07:00
'    File C:\WINDOWS\system32\write.exe Retrieved Using a FileInfo Object:
'       Created:     10/13/2005 5:26:59 PM -07:00
'       Last Access: 3/20/2007 2:07:00 AM -07:00
'       Last Write:  8/4/2004 5:00:00 AM -07:00

.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.