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").

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.

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)

        // 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.

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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