GetVersionInfo Method
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FileVersionInfo::GetVersionInfo Method (String^)


Returns a FileVersionInfo representing the version information associated with the specified file.

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

static FileVersionInfo^ GetVersionInfo(
	String^ fileName


Type: System::String^

The fully qualified path and name of the file to retrieve the version information for.

Return Value

Type: System.Diagnostics::FileVersionInfo^

A FileVersionInfo containing information about the file. If the file did not contain version information, the FileVersionInfo contains only the name of the file requested.

Exception Condition

The file specified cannot be found.

The following example calls GetVersionInfo to get the FileVersionInfo for Notepad and displays the file description and version number in the console window.

#using <System.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace System::Diagnostics;

public ref class Class1

    static void Main()
        // Get the file version for the notepad.
        // Use either of the two following methods.
        FileVersionInfo::GetVersionInfo(Path::Combine(Environment::SystemDirectory, "Notepad.exe"));
        FileVersionInfo^ myFileVersionInfo = FileVersionInfo::GetVersionInfo(Environment::SystemDirectory + "\\Notepad.exe");

        // Print the file name and version number.
        Console::WriteLine("File: " + myFileVersionInfo->FileDescription + "\n" +
           "Version number: " + myFileVersionInfo->FileVersion);

int main()


to get the version information. Associated enumeration: FileIOPermissionAccess::Read


for full trust for the immediate caller. This class cannot be used by partially trusted code.

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 10
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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