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FileAttributes Enumeration

Provides attributes for files and directories.

This enumeration has a FlagsAttribute attribute that allows a bitwise combination of its member values.

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

public enum class FileAttributes

Member nameDescription
Supported by the XNA FrameworkReadOnlyThe file is read-only.
Supported by the XNA FrameworkHiddenThe file is hidden, and thus is not included in an ordinary directory listing.
Supported by the XNA FrameworkSystemThe file is a system file. The file is part of the operating system or is used exclusively by the operating system.
Supported by the XNA FrameworkDirectoryThe file is a directory.
Supported by the XNA FrameworkArchiveThe file's archive status. Applications use this attribute to mark files for backup or removal.
Supported by the XNA FrameworkDeviceReserved for future use.
Supported by the XNA FrameworkNormalThe file is normal and has no other attributes set. This attribute is valid only if used alone.
Supported by the XNA FrameworkTemporaryThe file is temporary. File systems attempt to keep all of the data in memory for quicker access rather than flushing the data back to mass storage. A temporary file should be deleted by the application as soon as it is no longer needed.
Supported by the XNA FrameworkSparseFileThe file is a sparse file. Sparse files are typically large files whose data are mostly zeros.
Supported by the XNA FrameworkReparsePointThe file contains a reparse point, which is a block of user-defined data associated with a file or a directory.
Supported by the XNA FrameworkCompressedThe file is compressed.
Supported by the XNA FrameworkOfflineThe file is offline. The data of the file is not immediately available.
Supported by the XNA FrameworkNotContentIndexedThe file will not be indexed by the operating system's content indexing service.
Supported by the XNA FrameworkEncryptedThe file or directory is encrypted. For a file, this means that all data in the file is encrypted. For a directory, this means that encryption is the default for newly created files and directories.

You can get attributes for files and directories by calling the GetAttributes method, and you can set them by calling the SetAttributes method.

It is not possible to change the compression status of a File object using the SetAttributes method.

.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.