Environment.CurrentDirectory Property

Definition

Gets or sets the fully qualified path of the current working directory.

public:
 static property System::String ^ CurrentDirectory { System::String ^ get(); void set(System::String ^ value); };
public static string CurrentDirectory { get; set; }
member this.CurrentDirectory : string with get, set
Public Shared Property CurrentDirectory As String

Property Value

A string containing a directory path.

Exceptions

Attempted to set to an empty string ("").

Attempted to set to null.

An I/O error occurred.

Attempted to set a local path that cannot be found.

The caller does not have the appropriate permission.

Examples

The following example demonstrates setting the CurrentDirectory property.

using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;

void main()
{
      if (Environment::OSVersion->Platform == PlatformID::Win32NT)
      {
            // Change the directory to %WINDIR%
            Environment::CurrentDirectory = Environment::GetEnvironmentVariable( "windir" );
            DirectoryInfo^ info = gcnew DirectoryInfo( "." );

            Console::WriteLine("Directory Info:   {0}", info->FullName);
      }
      else
      {
            Console::WriteLine("This example runs on Windows only.");
      }
}
// The example displays output like the following on a .NET implementation running on Windows:
//        Directory Info:   C:\windows
// The example displays the following output on a .NET implementation on Unix-based systems:
//        This example runs on Windows only.
using System;
using System.IO;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      if (Environment.OSVersion.Platform == PlatformID.Win32NT)
      {    
         // Change the directory to %WINDIR%
         Environment.CurrentDirectory = Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable("windir");
         DirectoryInfo info = new DirectoryInfo(".");

         Console.WriteLine("Directory Info:   " + info.FullName);
      }
      else
      {
         Console.WriteLine("This example runs on Windows only.");
      }
   }
}
// The example displays output like the following on a .NET implementation running on Windows:
//        Directory Info:   C:\windows
// The example displays the following output on a .NET implementation on Unix-based systems:
//        This example runs on Windows only.
Imports System.IO

Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
        If Environment.OSVersion.Platform = PlatformID.Win32NT Then
            ' Change the directory to %WINDIR%
            Environment.CurrentDirectory = Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable("windir")
            Dim info As New DirectoryInfo(".")
            Console.WriteLine("Directory Info:   " + info.FullName)
         Else
            Console.WriteLine("This example runs on Windows only.")
         End If
   End Sub
End Module
' The example displays output like the following on a .NET implementation running on Windows:
'        Directory Info:   C:\windows
' The example displays the following output on a .NET implementation on Unix-based systems:
'        This example runs on Windows only.

Remarks

By definition, if this process starts in the root directory of a local or network drive, the value of this property is the drive name followed by a trailing slash (for example, "C:\"). If this process starts in a subdirectory, the value of this property is the drive and subdirectory path, without a trailing slash (for example, "C:\mySubDirectory").

Security

SecurityPermission
for writing to files or directories in a set operation. Associated enumeration: UnmanagedCode

FileIOPermission
for access to the information in the path itself in a get operation. Associated enumeration: PathDiscovery

Applies to