GetCompressedFileSizeTransactedA function (winbase.h)

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Retrieves the actual number of bytes of disk storage used to store a specified file as a transacted operation. If the file is located on a volume that supports compression and the file is compressed, the value obtained is the compressed size of the specified file. If the file is located on a volume that supports sparse files and the file is a sparse file, the value obtained is the sparse size of the specified file.


DWORD GetCompressedFileSizeTransactedA(
  [in]            LPCSTR  lpFileName,
  [out, optional] LPDWORD lpFileSizeHigh,
  [in]            HANDLE  hTransaction


[in] lpFileName

The name of the file.

Do not specify the name of a file on a nonseeking device, such as a pipe or a communications device, as its file size has no meaning.

The file must reside on the local computer; otherwise, the function fails and the last error code is set to ERROR_TRANSACTIONS_UNSUPPORTED_REMOTE.

[out, optional] lpFileSizeHigh

A pointer to a variable that receives the high-order DWORD of the compressed file size. The function's return value is the low-order DWORD of the compressed file size.

This parameter can be NULL if the high-order DWORD of the compressed file size is not needed. Files less than 4 gigabytes in size do not need the high-order DWORD.

[in] hTransaction

A handle to the transaction. This handle is returned by the CreateTransaction function.

Return value

If the function succeeds, the return value is the low-order DWORD of the actual number of bytes of disk storage used to store the specified file, and if lpFileSizeHigh is non-NULL, the function puts the high-order DWORD of that actual value into the DWORD pointed to by that parameter. This is the compressed file size for compressed files, the actual file size for noncompressed files.

If the function fails, and lpFileSizeHigh is NULL, the return value is INVALID_FILE_SIZE. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.

If the return value is INVALID_FILE_SIZE and lpFileSizeHigh is non-NULL, an application must call GetLastError to determine whether the function has succeeded (value is NO_ERROR) or failed (value is other than NO_ERROR).


An application can determine whether a volume is compressed by calling GetVolumeInformation, then checking the status of the FS_VOL_IS_COMPRESSED flag in the DWORD value pointed to by that function's lpFileSystemFlags parameter.

If the file is not located on a volume that supports compression or sparse files, or if the file is not compressed or a sparse file, the value obtained is the actual file size, the same as the value returned by a call to GetFileSize.

Symbolic links:  If the path points to a symbolic link, the function returns the file size of the target.

In Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, this function is supported by the following technologies.

Technology Supported
Server Message Block (SMB) 3.0 protocol No
SMB 3.0 Transparent Failover (TFO) No
SMB 3.0 with Scale-out File Shares (SO) No
Cluster Shared Volume File System (CsvFS) No
Resilient File System (ReFS) No

SMB 3.0 does not support TxF.


The winbase.h header defines GetCompressedFileSizeTransacted as an alias which automatically selects the ANSI or Unicode version of this function based on the definition of the UNICODE preprocessor constant. Mixing usage of the encoding-neutral alias with code that not encoding-neutral can lead to mismatches that result in compilation or runtime errors. For more information, see Conventions for Function Prototypes.


Minimum supported client Windows Vista [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2008 [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header winbase.h (include Windows.h)
Library Kernel32.lib
DLL Kernel32.dll

See also

File Compression and Decompression

File Management Functions



Symbolic Links

Transaction Management