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FileInfo.Delete Method

Permanently deletes a file.

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

public override void Delete()

ExceptionCondition
IOException

The target file is open or memory-mapped on a computer running Microsoft Windows NT.

SecurityException

The caller does not have the required permission.

UnauthorizedAccessException

The path is a directory.

If the file does not exist, this method does nothing.

For a list of common I/O tasks, see Common I/O Tasks.

Windows NT 4.0 Platform Note: Delete does not delete a file that is open for normal I/O or a file that is memory-mapped.

The following example demonstrates the Delete method.

using System;
using System.IO;

class Test 
{
	
    public static void Main() 
    {
        string path = @"c:\MyTest.txt";
        FileInfo fi1 = new FileInfo(path);

        try 
        {
            using (StreamWriter sw = fi1.CreateText()) {}
            string path2 = path + "temp";
            FileInfo fi2 = new FileInfo(path2);

            //Ensure that the target does not exist.
            fi2.Delete();

            //Copy the file.
            fi1.CopyTo(path2);
            Console.WriteLine("{0} was copied to {1}.", path, path2);

            //Delete the newly created file.
            fi2.Delete();
            Console.WriteLine("{0} was successfully deleted.", path2);

        } 
        catch (Exception e) 
        {
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString());
        }
    }
}
//This code produces output similar to the following;  
//results may vary based on the computer/file structure/etc.: 
// 
//c:\MyTest.txt was copied to c:\MyTest.txttemp. 
//c:\MyTest.txttemp was successfully deleted.

The following example creates, closes, and deletes a file.

using System;
using System.IO;

public class DeleteTest 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
        // Create a reference to a file.
        FileInfo fi = new FileInfo("temp.txt");
        // Actually create the file.
        FileStream fs = fi.Create();
        // Modify the file as required, and then close the file.
        fs.Close();
        // Delete the file.
        fi.Delete();
    }
}

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, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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