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This function creates a new directory. If the underlying file system supports security on files and directories, the function applies a specified security descriptor to the new directory.

A RAPI version of this function exists called CeCreateDirectory (RAPI).


BOOL CreateDirectory(
  LPCTSTR lpPathName, 
  LPSECURITY_ATTRIBUTES lpSecurityAttributes 


  • lpPathName
    [in] Long pointer to a null-terminated string that specifies the path of the directory to be created.

    There is a default string size limit for paths of MAX_PATH characters. This limit is related to how this function parses paths.

  • lpSecurityAttributes
    [in] Ignored; set to NULL.

Return Value

Nonzero indicates success. Zero indicates failure. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.


This function is not recursive. It can create only the final directory in a path. That is, if a parent or intermediate directory does not exist, the function fails with error message ERROR_PATH_NOT_FOUND.

Some file systems, such as NTFS file system, support compression or encryption for individual files and directories. On volumes formatted for such a file system, a new directory inherits the compression and encryption attributes of the parent directory.


Header winbase.h
Library coredll.lib
Windows Embedded CE Windows CE 1.0 and later
Windows Mobile Windows Mobile Version 5.0 and later

See Also


File I/O Functions