GetLastAccessTimeUtc Method

File.GetLastAccessTimeUtc Method (String)


Returns the date and time, in coordinated universal time (UTC), that the specified file or directory was last accessed.

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

public static DateTime GetLastAccessTimeUtc(
	string path


Type: System.String

The file or directory for which to obtain access date and time information.

Return Value

Type: System.DateTime

A DateTime structure set to the date and time that the specified file or directory was last accessed. This value is expressed in UTC time.

Exception Condition

The caller does not have the required permission.


path is a zero-length string, contains only white space, or contains one or more invalid characters as defined by InvalidPathChars.


path is null.


The specified path, file name, or both exceed the system-defined maximum length. For example, on Windows-based platforms, paths must be less than 248 characters, and file names must be less than 260 characters.


path is in an invalid format.


This method may return an inaccurate value, because it uses native functions whose values may not be continuously updated by the operating system.

If the file described in the path parameter does not exist, this method returns 12:00 midnight, January 1, 1601 A.D. (C.E.) Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

The path parameter is permitted to specify relative or absolute path information. Relative path information is interpreted as relative to the current working directory. To obtain the current working directory, see GetCurrentDirectory.

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


for reading from the specified file. Associated enumeration: FileIOPermissionAccess.Read

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