# Environment.GetCommandLineArgs Method

## Definition

Returns a string array containing the command-line arguments for the current process.

public:
static cli::array <System::String ^> ^ GetCommandLineArgs();
public static string[] GetCommandLineArgs ();
static member GetCommandLineArgs : unit -> string[]
Public Shared Function GetCommandLineArgs () As String()

#### Returns

String[]

An array of string where each element contains a command-line argument. The first element is the executable file name, and the following zero or more elements contain the remaining command-line arguments.

#### Exceptions

The system does not support command-line arguments.

## Examples

The following example displays the application's command line arguments.

using namespace System;

int main()
{
Console::WriteLine();

//  Invoke this sample with an arbitrary set of command line arguments.
array<String^>^ arguments = Environment::GetCommandLineArgs();
Console::WriteLine( "GetCommandLineArgs: {0}", String::Join( ", ", arguments ) );
}
/*
This example produces output like the following:

C:\>GetCommandLineArgs ARBITRARY TEXT

GetCommandLineArgs: GetCommandLineArgs, ARBITRARY, TEXT
*/

using System;

class Sample
{
public static void Main()
{
Console.WriteLine();
//  Invoke this sample with an arbitrary set of command line arguments.
string[] arguments = Environment.GetCommandLineArgs();
Console.WriteLine("GetCommandLineArgs: {0}", string.Join(", ", arguments));
}
}
/*
This example produces output like the following:

C:\>GetCommandLineArgs ARBITRARY TEXT

GetCommandLineArgs: GetCommandLineArgs, ARBITRARY, TEXT
*/

Class Sample
Public Shared Sub Main()
Console.WriteLine()
'  Invoke this sample with an arbitrary set of command line arguments.
Dim arguments As String() = Environment.GetCommandLineArgs()
Console.WriteLine("GetCommandLineArgs: {0}", String.Join(", ", arguments))
End Sub
End Class
'This example produces output like the following:
'
'    C:\>GetCommandLineArgs ARBITRARY TEXT
'
'      GetCommandLineArgs: GetCommandLineArgs, ARBITRARY, TEXT
'


## Remarks

The first element in the array contains the file name of the executing program. If the file name is not available, the first element is equal to String.Empty. The remaining elements contain any additional tokens entered on the command line.

The program file name can, but is not required to, include path information.

Command line arguments are delimited by spaces. You can use double quotation marks (") to include spaces within an argument. The single quotation mark ('), however, does not provide this functionality.

If a double quotation mark follows two or an even number of backslashes, each proceeding backslash pair is replaced with one backslash and the double quotation mark is removed. If a double quotation mark follows an odd number of backslashes, including just one, each preceding pair is replaced with one backslash and the remaining backslash is removed; however, in this case the double quotation mark is not removed.

The following table shows how command line arguments can be delimited, and assumes MyApp as the current executing application.

Input at the command line Resulting command line arguments
MyApp alpha beta MyApp, alpha, beta
MyApp "alpha with spaces" "beta with spaces" MyApp, alpha with spaces, beta with spaces
MyApp 'alpha with spaces' beta MyApp, 'alpha, with, spaces', beta
MyApp \\\alpha \\\\"beta MyApp, \\\alpha, \\beta
MyApp \\\\\"alpha \"beta MyApp, \\"alpha, "beta

To obtain the command line as a single string, use the CommandLine property.