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FileSystemInfo.Delete Method

Deletes a file or directory.

[Visual Basic]
Public MustOverride Sub Delete()
public abstract void Delete();
public: virtual void Delete() = 0;
public abstract function Delete();


Exception Type Condition
DirectoryNotFoundException The specified path is invalid, such as being on an unmapped drive.
FileNotFoundException The specified file does not exist.


For an example of using this method, see the Example section below. The following table lists examples of other typical or related I/O tasks.

To do this... See the example in this topic...
Create a text file. Writing Text to a File
Write to a text file. Writing Text to a File
Read from a text file. Reading Text from a File
Append text to a file. Opening and Appending to a Log File



Delete a file. File.Delete


Rename or move a file. File.Move


Copy a file. File.Copy


Create a directory. Directory.CreateDirectory


Rename or move a directory. Directory.Move


Delete a directory. Directory.Delete


Copy a directory. Directory
See the files in a directory. Name
Set the attributes of a file. File.SetAttributes
Determine if a file exists. File.Exists
Read from a binary file. Reading and Writing to a Newly Created Data File
Write to a binary file. Reading and Writing to a Newly Created Data File


Platforms: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family, .NET Compact Framework

See Also

FileSystemInfo Class | FileSystemInfo Members | System.IO Namespace | Working with I/O | Reading Text from a File | Writing Text to a File