Directory.GetLastWriteTime(String) Method

Definition

Returns the date and time the specified file or directory was last written to.

public:
 static DateTime GetLastWriteTime(System::String ^ path);
public static DateTime GetLastWriteTime (string path);
static member GetLastWriteTime : string -> DateTime
Public Shared Function GetLastWriteTime (path As String) As DateTime

Parameters

path
String

The file or directory for which to obtain modification date and time information.

Returns

A structure that is set to the date and time the specified file or directory was last written to. This value is expressed in local time.

Exceptions

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. You can query for invalid characters with the GetInvalidPathChars() method.

path is null.

The specified path, file name, or both exceed the system-defined maximum length.

Examples

The following example demonstrates how to use GetLastWriteTime.

using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;
int main()
{
   try
   {
      String^ path = "c:\\MyDir";
      if (  !Directory::Exists( path ) )
      {
         Directory::CreateDirectory( path );
      }
      else
      {
         
         // Take an action which will affect the write time.
         Directory::SetLastWriteTime( path, DateTime(1985,4,3) );
      }
      
      // Get the creation time of a well-known directory.
      DateTime dt = Directory::GetLastWriteTime( path );
      Console::WriteLine( "The last write time for this directory was {0}", dt );
      
      // Update the last write time.
      Directory::SetLastWriteTime( path, DateTime::Now );
      dt = Directory::GetLastWriteTime( path );
      Console::WriteLine( "The last write time for this directory was {0}", dt );
   }
   catch ( Exception^ e ) 
   {
      Console::WriteLine( "The process failed: {0}", e );
   }

}

using System;
using System.IO;

class Test 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
        try 
        {
            string path = @"c:\MyDir";
            if (!Directory.Exists(path)) 
            {
                Directory.CreateDirectory(path);
            } 
            else 
            {
                // Take an action which will affect the write time.
                Directory.SetLastWriteTime(path, new DateTime(1985,4,3));
            }

            // Get the creation time of a well-known directory.
            DateTime dt = Directory.GetLastWriteTime(path);
            Console.WriteLine("The last write time for this directory was {0}", dt);
            
            // Update the last write time.
            Directory.SetLastWriteTime(path, DateTime.Now);
            dt = Directory.GetLastWriteTime(path);
            Console.WriteLine("The last write time for this directory was {0}", dt);
        } 

        catch (Exception e) 
        {
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString());
        }
    }
}
Imports System.IO

Public Class Test
    Public Shared Sub Main()
        Try
            Dim path As String = "c:\MyDir"
            If Directory.Exists(path) = False Then
                Directory.CreateDirectory(path)
            Else
                ' Take an action which will affect the write time.
                Directory.SetLastWriteTime(path, New DateTime(1985, 4, 3))
            End If

            ' Get the creation time of a well-known directory.
            Dim dt As DateTime = Directory.GetLastWriteTime(path)
            Console.WriteLine("The last write time for this directory was {0}", dt)

            ' Update the last write time.
            Directory.SetLastWriteTime(path, DateTime.Now)
            dt = Directory.GetLastWriteTime(path)
            Console.WriteLine("The last write time for this directory was {0}", dt)

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

Remarks

Note

This method may return an inaccurate value, because it uses native functions whose values may not be continuously updated by the operating system.

If the directory described in the path parameter does not exist, this method returns 12:00 midnight, January 1, 1601 A.D. (C.E.) Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), adjusted to local time.

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.

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

Applies to

See also