DirectoryInfo.GetDirectories DirectoryInfo.GetDirectories DirectoryInfo.GetDirectories DirectoryInfo.GetDirectories Method

Definition

Returns the subdirectories of the current directory.

Overloads

GetDirectories() GetDirectories() GetDirectories() GetDirectories()

Returns the subdirectories of the current directory.

GetDirectories(String) GetDirectories(String) GetDirectories(String) GetDirectories(String)

Returns an array of directories in the current DirectoryInfo matching the given search criteria.

GetDirectories(String, EnumerationOptions) GetDirectories(String, EnumerationOptions) GetDirectories(String, EnumerationOptions)
GetDirectories(String, SearchOption) GetDirectories(String, SearchOption) GetDirectories(String, SearchOption)

Returns an array of directories in the current DirectoryInfo matching the given search criteria and using a value to determine whether to search subdirectories.

GetDirectories() GetDirectories() GetDirectories() GetDirectories()

Returns the subdirectories of the current directory.

public:
 cli::array <System::IO::DirectoryInfo ^> ^ GetDirectories();
public System.IO.DirectoryInfo[] GetDirectories ();
member this.GetDirectories : unit -> System.IO.DirectoryInfo[]
Public Function GetDirectories () As DirectoryInfo()

Returns

An array of DirectoryInfo objects.

Exceptions

The path encapsulated in the DirectoryInfo object is invalid, such as being on an unmapped drive.

The caller does not have the required permission.

Examples

The following example retrieves all the directories in the root directory and displays the directory names.

using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;
int main()
{
   
   // Make a reference to a directory.
   DirectoryInfo^ di = gcnew DirectoryInfo( "c:\\" );
   
   // Get a reference to each directory in that directory.
   array<DirectoryInfo^>^diArr = di->GetDirectories();
   
   // Display the names of the directories.
   Collections::IEnumerator^ myEnum = diArr->GetEnumerator();
   while ( myEnum->MoveNext() )
   {
      DirectoryInfo^ dri = safe_cast<DirectoryInfo^>(myEnum->Current);
      Console::WriteLine( dri->Name );
   }
}

using System;
using System.IO;

public class GetDirectoriesTest 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {

        // Make a reference to a directory.
        DirectoryInfo di = new DirectoryInfo("c:\\");

        // Get a reference to each directory in that directory.
        DirectoryInfo[] diArr = di.GetDirectories();

        // Display the names of the directories.
        foreach (DirectoryInfo dri in diArr)
            Console.WriteLine(dri.Name);
    }
}
Imports System
Imports System.IO

Public Class GetDirectoriesTest

    Public Shared Sub Main()
        ' Make a reference to a directory.
        Dim di As New DirectoryInfo("c:\")
        ' Get a reference to each directory in that directory.
        Dim diArr As DirectoryInfo() = di.GetDirectories()
        ' Display the names of the directories.
        Dim dri As DirectoryInfo
        For Each dri In diArr
            Console.WriteLine(dri.Name)
        Next dri
    End Sub 'Main
End Class 'GetDirectoriesTest

Remarks

If there are no subdirectories, this method returns an empty array. This method is not recursive.

This method pre-populates the values of the following DirectoryInfo properties:

Security

FileIOPermission
for reading directories. Associated enumeration: Read

See Also

GetDirectories(String) GetDirectories(String) GetDirectories(String) GetDirectories(String)

Returns an array of directories in the current DirectoryInfo matching the given search criteria.

public:
 cli::array <System::IO::DirectoryInfo ^> ^ GetDirectories(System::String ^ searchPattern);
public System.IO.DirectoryInfo[] GetDirectories (string searchPattern);
member this.GetDirectories : string -> System.IO.DirectoryInfo[]
Public Function GetDirectories (searchPattern As String) As DirectoryInfo()

Parameters

searchPattern
String String String String

The search string to match against the names of directories. This parameter can contain a combination of valid literal path and wildcard (* and ?) characters, but it doesn't support regular expressions.

Returns

An array of type DirectoryInfo matching searchPattern.

Exceptions

searchPattern contains one or more invalid characters defined by the GetInvalidPathChars() method.

The path encapsulated in the DirectoryInfo object is invalid (for example, it is on an unmapped drive).

Examples

The following example counts the directories in a path that contain the specified letter.

using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;
int main()
{
   try
   {
      DirectoryInfo^ di = gcnew DirectoryInfo( "c:\\" );
      
      // Get only subdirectories that contain the letter "p."
      array<DirectoryInfo^>^dirs = di->GetDirectories( "*p*" );
      Console::WriteLine( "The number of directories containing the letter p is {0}.", dirs->Length );
      Collections::IEnumerator^ myEnum = dirs->GetEnumerator();
      while ( myEnum->MoveNext() )
      {
         DirectoryInfo^ diNext = safe_cast<DirectoryInfo^>(myEnum->Current);
         Console::WriteLine( "The number of files in {0} is {1}", diNext, diNext->GetFiles()->Length );
      }
   }
   catch ( Exception^ e ) 
   {
      Console::WriteLine( "The process failed: {0}", e );
   }

}

using System;
using System.IO;

class Test 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
        try 
        {
            DirectoryInfo di = new DirectoryInfo(@"c:\");

            // Get only subdirectories that contain the letter "p."
            DirectoryInfo[] dirs = di.GetDirectories("*p*");
            Console.WriteLine("The number of directories containing the letter p is {0}.", dirs.Length);

            foreach (DirectoryInfo diNext in dirs) 
            {
                Console.WriteLine("The number of files in {0} is {1}", diNext, 
                    diNext.GetFiles().Length);
            }
        } 
        catch (Exception e) 
        {
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString());
        }
    }
}
Imports System
Imports System.IO

Public Class Test
    Public Shared Sub Main()
        ' Specify the directories you want to manipulate.
        Dim di As DirectoryInfo = New DirectoryInfo("c:\")

        Try
            'Get only subdirectories that contain the letter "p."
            Dim dirs As DirectoryInfo() = di.GetDirectories("*p*")
            Console.WriteLine("The number of directories containing the letter p is {0}.", dirs.Length)
            Dim diNext As DirectoryInfo
            For Each diNext In dirs
                Console.WriteLine("The number of files in {0} is {1}", diNext, _
                 diNext.GetFiles().Length)
            Next

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

Remarks

searchPattern can be a combination of literal and wildcard characters, but it doesn't support regular expressions. The following wildcard specifiers are permitted in searchPattern.

Wildcard specifier Matches
* (asterisk) Zero or more characters in that position.
? (question mark) Zero or one character in that position.

Characters other than the wildcard are literal characters. For example, the string "*t" searches for all names in ending with the letter "t". ". The searchPattern string "s*" searches for all names in path beginning with the letter "s".

This method pre-populates the values of the following DirectoryInfo properties:

Security

FileIOPermission
for reading from files and directories and for access to the path. Associated enumerations: Read, PathDiscovery

See Also

GetDirectories(String, EnumerationOptions) GetDirectories(String, EnumerationOptions) GetDirectories(String, EnumerationOptions)

public:
 cli::array <System::IO::DirectoryInfo ^> ^ GetDirectories(System::String ^ searchPattern, System::IO::EnumerationOptions ^ enumerationOptions);
public System.IO.DirectoryInfo[] GetDirectories (string searchPattern, System.IO.EnumerationOptions enumerationOptions);
member this.GetDirectories : string * System.IO.EnumerationOptions -> System.IO.DirectoryInfo[]

Parameters

searchPattern
String String String String

Returns

GetDirectories(String, SearchOption) GetDirectories(String, SearchOption) GetDirectories(String, SearchOption)

Returns an array of directories in the current DirectoryInfo matching the given search criteria and using a value to determine whether to search subdirectories.

public:
 cli::array <System::IO::DirectoryInfo ^> ^ GetDirectories(System::String ^ searchPattern, System::IO::SearchOption searchOption);
public System.IO.DirectoryInfo[] GetDirectories (string searchPattern, System.IO.SearchOption searchOption);
member this.GetDirectories : string * System.IO.SearchOption -> System.IO.DirectoryInfo[]

Parameters

searchPattern
String String String String

The search string to match against the names of directories. This parameter can contain a combination of valid literal path and wildcard (* and ?) characters, but it doesn't support regular expressions.

searchOption
SearchOption SearchOption SearchOption SearchOption

One of the enumeration values that specifies whether the search operation should include only the current directory or all subdirectories.

Returns

An array of type DirectoryInfo matching searchPattern.

Exceptions

searchPattern contains one or more invalid characters defined by the GetInvalidPathChars() method.

The path encapsulated in the DirectoryInfo object is invalid (for example, it is on an unmapped drive).

Examples

The following example lists all of the directories and files that begin with the letter "c" in "c:\".

using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;

ref class App
{
public:
    static void Main()
    {
        // Specify the directory you want to manipulate.
        String^ path = "c:\\";
        String^ searchPattern = "c*";

        DirectoryInfo^ di = gcnew DirectoryInfo(path);
        array<DirectoryInfo^>^ directories =
            di->GetDirectories(searchPattern, SearchOption::TopDirectoryOnly);

        array<FileInfo^>^ files =
            di->GetFiles(searchPattern, SearchOption::TopDirectoryOnly);

        Console::WriteLine(
            "Directories that begin with the letter \"c\" in {0}", path);
        for each (DirectoryInfo^ dir in directories)
        {
            Console::WriteLine(
                "{0,-25} {1,25}", dir->FullName, dir->LastWriteTime);
        }

        Console::WriteLine();
        Console::WriteLine(
            "Files that begin with the letter \"c\" in {0}", path);
        for each (FileInfo^ file in files)
        {
            Console::WriteLine(
                "{0,-25} {1,25}", file->Name, file->LastWriteTime);
        }
    } // Main()
}; // App()

int main()
{
    App::Main();
}
using System;
using System.IO;

class App
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        // Specify the directory you want to manipulate.
        string path = @"c:\";
        string searchPattern = "c*";

        DirectoryInfo di = new DirectoryInfo(path);
        DirectoryInfo[] directories = 
            di.GetDirectories(searchPattern, SearchOption.TopDirectoryOnly);

        FileInfo[] files = 
            di.GetFiles(searchPattern, SearchOption.TopDirectoryOnly);

        Console.WriteLine(
            "Directories that begin with the letter \"c\" in {0}", path);
        foreach (DirectoryInfo dir in directories)
        {
            Console.WriteLine(
                "{0,-25} {1,25}", dir.FullName, dir.LastWriteTime);
        }

        Console.WriteLine();
        Console.WriteLine(
            "Files that begin with the letter \"c\" in {0}", path);
        foreach (FileInfo file in files)
        {
            Console.WriteLine(
                "{0,-25} {1,25}", file.Name, file.LastWriteTime);
        }
    } // Main()
} // App()
Imports System
Imports System.IO

Class App
    Public Shared Sub Main()
        ' Specify the directory you want to manipulate.
        Dim path As String = "c:\\"
        Dim searchPattern As String = "c*"

        Dim di As DirectoryInfo = New DirectoryInfo(path)
        Dim directories() As DirectoryInfo = _
            di.GetDirectories(searchPattern, SearchOption.TopDirectoryOnly)

        Dim files() As FileInfo = _
            di.GetFiles(searchPattern, SearchOption.TopDirectoryOnly)

        Console.WriteLine( _
            "Directories that begin with the letter 'c' in {0}", path)
        Dim dir As DirectoryInfo
        For Each dir In directories
            Console.WriteLine( _
                "{0,-25} {1,25}", dir.FullName, dir.LastWriteTime)
        Next dir

        Console.WriteLine()
        Console.WriteLine( _
            "Files that begin with the letter 'c' in {0}", path)
        Dim file As FileInfo
        For Each file In files
            Console.WriteLine( _
                "{0,-25} {1,25}", file.Name, file.LastWriteTime)
        Next file
    End Sub
End Class

Remarks

searchPattern can be a combination of literal and wildcard characters, but it doesn't support regular expressions. The following wildcard specifiers are permitted in searchPattern.

Wildcard specifier Matches
* (asterisk) Zero or more characters in that position.
? (question mark) Zero or one character in that position.

Characters other than the wildcard are literal characters. For example, the string "*t" searches for all names in ending with the letter "t". ". The searchPattern string "s*" searches for all names in path beginning with the letter "s".

If there are no subdirectories, or no subdirectories match the searchPattern parameter, this method returns an empty array.

This method pre-populates the values of the following DirectoryInfo properties:

Security

FileIOPermission
for reading from files and directories and for access to the path. Associated enumerations: Read, PathDiscovery

See Also

Applies to