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Directory.Delete Method (String)

Deletes an empty directory from a specified path.

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

Public Shared Sub Delete ( _
	path As String _


Type: System.String
The name of the empty directory to remove. This directory must be writable or empty.


A file with the same name and location specified by path exists.


The directory is the application's current working directory.


The directory specified by path is not empty.


The directory is read-only or contains a read-only file.


The directory is being used by another process.


There is an open handle on the directory, and the operating system is Windows XP or earlier. This open handle can result from directories. For more information, see How to: Enumerate Directories and Files.


The caller does not have the required permission.


path is a zero-length string, contains only white space, or contains one or more invalid characters as defined by InvalidPathChars.


path is Nothing.


The specified path, file name, or both exceed the system-defined maximum length. For example, on Windows-based platforms, paths must be less than 248 characters and file names must be less than 260 characters.


path does not exist or could not be found.


path refers to a file instead of a directory.


The specified path is invalid (for example, it is on an unmapped drive).

This method behaves identically to Delete(String, Boolean) with false specified for the second parameter.

The path parameter may specify relative or absolute path information. Relative path information is interpreted as relative to the current working directory. To obtain the current working directory, see GetCurrentDirectory.

Trailing spaces are removed from the end of the path parameter before deleting the directory.

This method throws an IOException if the directory specified in the path parameter contains files or subdirectories.

The path parameter is not case-sensitive.

In some cases, if you have the specified directory open in Windows Explorer, the Delete method may not be able to delete it.

The following code example deletes the specified directory or throws an exception if there are subdirectories.

Imports System
Imports System.IO

Public Class Test

    Public Shared Sub Main()
        ' Specify the directories you want to manipulate.
        Dim path As String = "c:\MyDir"
        Dim subPath As String = "c:\MyDir\temp"

            ' Determine whether the directory exists.
            If Directory.Exists(path) = False Then
                ' Create the directory if it does not exist.
            End If

            ' Determine whether the subdirectory exists.
            If Directory.Exists(subPath) = False Then
                ' Create the subdirectory if it does not exist.
            End If

            ' This Delete operation will not be allowed because there are subdirectories.
            Console.WriteLine("I am about to attempt to delete {0}.", path)
            Console.WriteLine("The Delete operation was successful, which was unexpected.")

            Console.WriteLine("The Delete operation failed as expected.")
        End Try
    End Sub
End Class

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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