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Check if a directory Exists in C#

By Mahesh Chand on Jul 17, 2012
How to Check if a directory Exists using C# and .NET.

The System.IO.Directory class in the .NET Framework class library provides static methods for creating, copying, moving, and deleting directories and subdirectories. Before you can use the Directory class, you must import the System.IO namespace. 

using System.IO;

Check if a directory Exists 

The Directory.Exists method checks if the specified directory exists. The following code snippet checks if a directory exists or not and deletes only if the directory exists. 

string root = @"C:\Temp";      
// If directory does not exist, don't even try 
if (Directory.Exists(root))

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Mahesh Chand
Mahesh Chand

C# Corner founder, 11-times Microsoft MVP, technical author, and solutions architect. Mahesh authored his first book, A Programmer’s Guide to ADO.NET in C# with APress at the age of 25. C# Corner is a mem... Read more