Directory.GetLastAccessTime Method

[ This article is for Windows Phone 8 developers. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation. ]

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

Namespace: System.IO
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)


Public Shared Function GetLastAccessTime ( _
    path As String _
) As DateTime
public static DateTime GetLastAccessTime(
    string path


  • path
    Type: System..::.String
    The file or directory for which to obtain access date and time information.

Return Value

Type: System..::.DateTime
A DateTime structure set to the date and time the specified file or directory was last accessed. This value is expressed in local time.


Exception Condition

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.


path is nullNothingnullptra null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


The specified path, file name, or both exceed the system-defined maximum length. For example, on Windows-based platforms, paths must be less than 248 characters and file names must be less than 260 characters.


The path parameter is in an invalid format.


Version Notes

Windows Phone

This member has a SecurityCriticalAttribute attribute. This attribute restricts this member to internal use. Application code that uses this member throws a MethodAccessException.

Version Information

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0


Windows Phone

See Also


Directory Class

System.IO Namespace