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Directory.GetAccessControl Method (String, AccessControlSections)


Gets a DirectorySecurity object that encapsulates the specified type of access control list (ACL) entries for a specified directory.

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

public static DirectorySecurity GetAccessControl(
	string path,
	AccessControlSections includeSections


Type: System.String

The path to a directory containing a DirectorySecurity object that describes the file's access control list (ACL) information.

Type: System.Security.AccessControl.AccessControlSections

One of the AccessControlSections values that specifies the type of access control list (ACL) information to receive.

Return Value

Type: System.Security.AccessControl.DirectorySecurity

An object that encapsulates the access control rules for the file described by the path parameter.

Exception Condition

The path parameter is null.


An I/O error occurred while opening the directory.


The current operating system is not Windows 2000 or later.


A system-level error occurred, such as the directory could not be found. The specific exception may be a subclass of SystemException.


The path parameter specified a directory that is read-only.


This operation is not supported on the current platform.


The caller does not have the required permission.

Use the GetAccessControl method to retrieve the access control list (ACL) entries for a directory.

An ACL describes individuals and/or groups who have, or do not have, rights to specific actions on the given file or directory. For more information, see How to: Add or Remove Access Control List Entries.

In NTFS environments, ReadAttributes and ReadExtendedAttributes are granted to the user if the user has ListDirectory rights on the parent folder. To deny ReadAttributes and ReadExtendedAttributes, deny ListDirectory on the parent directory.


for permission to enumerate access control list (ACL) for a directory. Associated enumerations: NoAccess , View

Security action: Demand.

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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