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FileStream.GetAccessControl Method

Gets a FileSecurity object that encapsulates the access control list (ACL) entries for the file described by the current FileStream object.

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

public FileSecurity GetAccessControl()

Return Value

Type: System.Security.AccessControl.FileSecurity
An object that encapsulates the access control settings for the file described by the current FileStream object.


The file is closed.


An I/O error occurred while opening the file.


The file could not be found.


This operation is not supported on the current platform.


The caller does not have the required permission.

While the FileStream class and GetAccessControl can be used to retrieve the access control list (ACL) entries of an existing file, consider using File.GetAccessControl method, as it is easier to use.

Use the GetAccessControl method to retrieve the ACL entries for a file.

An ACL describes individuals and/or groups who have, or do not have, rights to specific actions on the given file. For more information, see ACL Technology Overview and How to: Add or Remove Access Control List Entries.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0