DirectoryInfo.Parent Property


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Gets the parent directory of a specified subdirectory.

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

Public ReadOnly Property Parent As DirectoryInfo

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").

Exception Condition

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.

Imports System
Imports System.IO

Public Class MoveToTest

    Public Shared Sub Main()
        ' Make a reference to a directory.
        Dim di As New DirectoryInfo("TempDir")
        ' Create the directory only if it does not already exist.
        If di.Exists = False Then
        End If

        ' Create a subdirectory in the directory just created.
        Dim dis As DirectoryInfo = di.CreateSubdirectory("SubDir")

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

        ' Delete the parent directory.
    End Sub 'Main
End Class 'MoveToTest


for reading from files and directories and for access to the path. Associated enumerations: System.Security.Permissions.FileIOPermissionAccess, System.Security.Permissions.FileIOPermissionAccess

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 10
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
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