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FileSystemInfo.Exists Property

Gets a value indicating whether the file or directory exists.

[Visual Basic]
Public MustOverride ReadOnly Property Exists As Boolean
public abstract bool Exists {get;}
public: __property virtual bool get_Exists() = 0;
public abstract function get Exists() : Boolean;

Property Value

true if the file or directory exists; otherwise, false.


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


Create a subdirectory. CreateSubdirectory
Rename or move a directory. Directory.Move


Delete a directory. Directory.Delete


Copy a directory. Directory
See the files in a directory. Name
Find the size of a directory. Directory
Sort files in a directory by size. GetFileSystemInfos
Get the size of a file. FileInfo.Length
Set the attributes of a file. File.SetAttributes
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