Directory.Delete Method (String, Boolean)

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

Deletes the specified directory and, if indicated, any subdirectories and files in the directory.

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

Syntax

Public Shared Sub Delete ( _
    path As String, _
    recursive As Boolean _
)
public static void Delete(
    string path,
    bool recursive
)

Parameters

  • recursive
    Type: System..::.Boolean
    true to remove directories, subdirectories, and files in path; otherwise, false.

Exceptions

Exception Condition
IOException

A file with the same name and location specified by path exists.

-or-

The directory specified by path is read-only, or recursive is false and path is not an empty directory.

-or-

The directory is the application's current working directory.

-or-

There is an open handle on the directory or on one of its files, and the operating system is Windows XP or earlier. This open handle can result from enumerating directories and files.

UnauthorizedAccessException

The caller does not have the required permission.

ArgumentException

path is a zero-length string, contains only white space, or contains one or more invalid characters.

ArgumentNullException

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

PathTooLongException

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.

DirectoryNotFoundException

The specified path does not exist or could not be found.

-or-

The specified path is invalid (for example, it is on an unmapped drive).

Remarks

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

Platforms

Windows Phone

See Also

Reference

Directory Class

Delete Overload

System.IO Namespace