How to: Find Files with a Specific Pattern in Visual Basic
The GetFiles method returns a read-only collection of strings representing the path names for the files. You can use the
wildCards parameter to specify a specific pattern. If you would like to include subdirectories in the search, set the
searchType parameter to
An empty collection is returned if no files matching the specified pattern are found.
For information about returning a file list by using the
DirectoryInfo class of the
System.IO namespace, see GetFiles.
To find files with a specified pattern
GetFilesmethod, supplying the name and path of the directory you want to search and specifying the pattern. The following example returns all files with the extension
.dllin the directory and adds them to
For Each foundFile As String In My.Computer.FileSystem.GetFiles( My.Computer.FileSystem.SpecialDirectories.MyDocuments, Microsoft.VisualBasic.FileIO.SearchOption.SearchAllSubDirectories, "*.dll") Listbox1.Items.Add(foundFile) Next
.NET Framework Security
The following conditions may cause an exception:
The path is not valid for one of the following reasons: it is a zero-length string, it contains only white space, it contains invalid characters, or it is a device path (starts with \\.\) (ArgumentException).
The path is not valid because it is
directorydoes not exist (DirectoryNotFoundException).
directorypoints to an existing file (IOException).
The path exceeds the system-defined maximum length (PathTooLongException).
A file or folder name in the path contains a colon (:) or is in an invalid format (NotSupportedException).
The user lacks necessary permissions to view the path (SecurityException).
The user lacks necessary permissions (UnauthorizedAccessException).