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Directory.GetCreationTime Method

Gets the creation date and time of a directory.

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

Public Shared Function GetCreationTime ( _
	path As String _
) As DateTime
Dim path As String
Dim returnValue As DateTime

returnValue = Directory.GetCreationTime(path)
public static DateTime GetCreationTime (
	String path
public static function GetCreationTime (
	path : String
) : DateTime



The path of the directory.

Return Value

A DateTime structure set to the creation date and time for the specified directory. This value is expressed in local time.

Exception typeCondition


The specified path was not found.


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 a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


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.

This method is equivalent to File.GetCreationTime.

The path parameter is permitted to 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.

The path parameter is not case-sensitive.

The following table lists examples of other typical or related I/O tasks.

To do this...

See the example in this topic...

Create a text file.

How to: Write Text to a File

Write to a text file.

How to: Write Text to a File

See the files in a directory.


See the subdirectories of a directory.



See all the files in all subdirectories of a directory.


Find the size of a directory.


Determine if a file exists.


Determine if a directory exists.


Sort files in a directory by size.


The following code example gets the creation time of the specified directory.

Imports System
Imports System.IO

Public Class Test
    Public Shared Sub Main()
            ' Get the creation time of a well-known directory.
            Dim dt As DateTime = Directory.GetCreationTime(Environment.CurrentDirectory)

            ' Give feedback to the user.
            If DateTime.Now.Subtract(dt).TotalDays > 364 Then
                Console.WriteLine("This directory is over a year old.")
            ElseIf DateTime.Now.Subtract(dt).TotalDays > 30 Then
                Console.WriteLine("This directory is over a month old.")
            ElseIf DateTime.Now.Subtract(dt).TotalDays <= 1 Then
                Console.WriteLine("This directory is less than a day old.")
                Console.WriteLine("This directory was created on {0}", dt)
            End If

        Catch e As Exception
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString())
        End Try
    End Sub
End Class

import System.*;
import System.IO.*;

class Test
    public static void main(String[] args)
        try {
            // Get the creation time of a well-known directory.
            DateTime dt = Directory.

            // Give feedback to the user.
            if (DateTime.get_Now().Subtract(dt).get_TotalDays() > 364) {
                Console.WriteLine("This directory is over a year old.");
            else {
                if (DateTime.get_Now().Subtract(dt).get_TotalDays() > 30) {
                    Console.WriteLine("This directory is over a month old.");
                else {
                    if (DateTime.get_Now().Subtract(dt).get_TotalDays() <= 1) {
                            WriteLine("This directory is less than a day old.");
                    else {
                            WriteLine("This directory was created on {0}", dt);
        catch (System.Exception e) {
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString());
    } //main
} //Test

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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