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, and it is named 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 the CreateDirectory function parses paths.

  • lpSecurityAttributes
    [in] Ignored; set to NULL.

Return Values

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


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 its parent directory.


OS Versions: Windows CE 1.0 and later.
Header: Winbase.h.
Link Library: Coredll.lib.

See Also

CeCreateDirectory (RAPI) | CreateFile | RemoveDirectory

 Last updated on Friday, April 09, 2004

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