Parent Property
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DirectoryInfo.Parent Property

Gets the parent directory of a specified subdirectory.

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

public DirectoryInfo Parent { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.IO.DirectoryInfo
The parent directory, or null if the path is null or if the file path denotes a root (such as "\", "C:", or * "\\server\share").

ExceptionCondition
SecurityException

The caller does not have the required permission.

For a list of common I/O tasks, see Common I/O Tasks.

The following example demonstrates referring to the parent directory of a specified directory.


using System;
using System.IO;

public class MoveToTest 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {

        // Make a reference to a directory.
        DirectoryInfo di = new DirectoryInfo("TempDir");

        // Create the directory only if it does not already exist.
        if (di.Exists == false)
            di.Create();

        // Create a subdirectory in the directory just created.
        DirectoryInfo dis = di.CreateSubdirectory("SubDir");

        // Get a reference to the parent directory of the subdirectory you just made.
        DirectoryInfo parentDir = dis.Parent;
        Console.WriteLine("The parent directory of '{0}' is '{1}'", dis.Name, parentDir.Name);

        // Delete the parent directory.
        di.Delete(true);
    }
}


.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.

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