Environment.CurrentDirectory Property

Gets or sets the fully qualified path of the current working directory.

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

public static string CurrentDirectory { get; set; }
/** @property */
public static String get_CurrentDirectory ()

/** @property */
public static void set_CurrentDirectory (String value)

public static function get CurrentDirectory () : String

public static function set CurrentDirectory (value : String)

Not applicable.

Property Value

A string containing a directory path.

Exception typeCondition


Attempted to set to an empty string ("").


Attempted to set to a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


An I/O error occurred.


Attempted to set a local path that cannot be found.


The caller does not have the appropriate permission.

By definition, if this process starts in the root directory of a local or network drive, the value of this property is the drive name followed by a trailing slash (for example, "C:\"). If this process starts in a subdirectory, the value of this property is the drive and subdirectory path, without a trailing slash (for example, "C:\mySubDirectory").

The following code example demonstrates setting the CurrentDirectory property.

// Change the directory to %WINDIR%                            
Environment.CurrentDirectory = Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable("windir");        
DirectoryInfo info = new DirectoryInfo(".");
    Console.WriteLine("Directory Info:   "+info.FullName);

// Change the directory to %WINDIR%                            

DirectoryInfo info = new DirectoryInfo(".");

synchronized(info) {
    Console.WriteLine(("Directory Info:   " + info.get_FullName()));

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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