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IsolatedStorageFile.GetDirectoryNames Method (String)

Enumerates directories in an isolated storage scope that match a given pattern.

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

Public Function GetDirectoryNames ( _
	searchPattern As String _
) As String()


Type: System.String
A search pattern. Both single-character ("?") and multi-character ("*") wildcards are supported.

Return Value

Type: System.String ()
An Array of the relative paths of directories in the isolated storage scope that match searchPattern. A zero-length array specifies that there are no directories that match.


The store has been removed.


Isolated storage is disabled.


searchPattern is badly formed.


searchPattern is Nothing.


Cannot find a part of the searchPattern.


The store has been disposed.

Wildcard characters must only be in the final element of a searchPattern. For instance, "directory1/*etc*" is a valid search string, but "*etc*/directory" is not.

The searchPattern "Project\Data*" will give all subdirectories of Project beginning with Data in the isolated storage scope. The searchPattern "*" will return all directories located in the root. For complete description of search string criteria, see the Directory class.

The following example gets an array of subdirectory names.

' Find subdirectories within the MyApp1
' directory using the multi character '*' wildcard.
Dim subDirectories() As String = _
    store.GetDirectoryNames(Path.Combine("MyApp1", "*"))

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0

Windows Phone

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