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FileIOPermissionAccess Enumeration

Specifies the type of file access requested.

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

Namespace:  System.Security.Permissions
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public enum FileIOPermissionAccess

Member nameDescription
NoAccessNo access to a file or directory. NoAccess represents no valid FileIOPermissionAccess values and causes an ArgumentException when used as the parameter for GetPathList, which expects a single value.
ReadAccess to read from a file or directory.
WriteAccess to write to or delete a file or directory. Write access includes deleting and overwriting files or directories.
AppendAccess to append material to a file or directory. Append access includes the ability to create a new file or directory.

To create files, code must also be granted both Append and either Write or Read access. For more detail see FileMode.

PathDiscoveryAccess to the information in the path itself. This helps protect sensitive information in the path, such as user names, as well as information about the directory structure revealed in the path. This value does not grant access to files or folders represented by the path.

For performance reasons, PathDiscovery should only be granted to directories, not to files. For example, PathDiscovery permission should be granted to paths such as C:\test and C:\test\, not C:\test\example.txt.

AllAccessAppend, Read, Write, and PathDiscovery access to a file or directory. AllAccess represents multiple FileIOPermissionAccess values and causes an ArgumentException when used as the access parameter for the GetPathList method, which expects a single value.

This enumeration is used with the FileIOPermission class.


Although NoAccess and AllAccess are members of FileIOPermissionAccess, they are not valid for use as the parameter for GetPathList because they describe no file access types or all file access types, respectively, and GetPathList expects a single file access type.


Giving Write access to an assembly is similar to granting it Full Trust. If an application should not write to the file system it should not have Write access.

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, 1.1, 1.0