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Path.GetFileNameWithoutExtension Method

Returns the file name of the specified path string without the extension.

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

public static string GetFileNameWithoutExtension(
	string path


Type: System.String

The path of the file.

Return Value

Type: System.String
A String containing the string returned by GetFileName, minus the last period (.) and all characters following it.


path contains one or more of the invalid characters defined in GetInvalidPathChars.

This method does not verify that the path or file name exists.

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

The following code example demonstrates a use of the GetFileNameWithoutExtension method.

string fileName = @"C:\mydir\myfile.ext";
string path = @"C:\mydir\";
string result;

result = Path.GetFileNameWithoutExtension(fileName);
Console.WriteLine("GetFileNameWithoutExtension('{0}') returns '{1}'", 
    fileName, result);

result = Path.GetFileName(path);
Console.WriteLine("GetFileName('{0}') returns '{1}'", 
    path, result);

// This code produces output similar to the following: 
// GetFileNameWithoutExtension('C:\mydir\myfile.ext') returns 'myfile' 
// GetFileName('C:\mydir\') returns ''

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, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0