Getting Information About A File

This example presents the FileInfo class, which allows you to get information about a file. Listing 1 presents the FileInfo class in use. This program takes a single filename and displays the size and key dates regarding it. For the output, the FileSize.cs file was used.

Listing 1. FileSize.cs — Using the FileInfo Class

 1: //  FileSize.cs -  
 2: //-----------------------------------------------
 3: using System;
 4: using System.IO;
 6: class FileSize
 7: {
 8:   public static void Main()
 9:   {
10:      string[] CLA = Environment.GetCommandLineArgs();
12:      FileInfo fiExe = new FileInfo(CLA[0]);
14:      if ( CLA.Length < 2 )
15:      {
16:          Console.WriteLine("Format: {0} filename", fiExe.Name);
17:      }
18:      else
19:      {
20:        try
21:        {
22:          FileInfo fiFile = new FileInfo(CLA[1]);
24:          if(fiFile.Exists)
25:          {
26:            Console.WriteLine("===================================");
27:            Console.WriteLine("{0} - {1}", 
                                      fiFile.Name, fiFile.Length );
28:            Console.WriteLine("===================================");
29:            Console.WriteLine("Last Access: {0}",
30:            Console.WriteLine("Last Write:  {0}",
31:            Console.WriteLine("Creation:    {0}", 
32:            Console.WriteLine("===================================");
33:          }
34:          else
35:          {
36:            Console.WriteLine("{0} doesn't exist!", fiFile.Name);
37:          }
38:       }
40:       catch (System.IO.FileNotFoundException)
41:       {
42:         Console.WriteLine("\n{0} does not exist!", CLA[1]);
43:         return;
44:       }
45:       catch (Exception e)
46:       {
47:         Console.WriteLine("\nException thrown trying to copy file.");
48:         Console.WriteLine(e);
49:         return;
50:       }
51:     }
52:   }
53: }

The following is the output from this listing. Your output will vary depending on when you create the FileSize.cs program.

FileSize.cs - 1551
Last Access: 2/22/2003 11:40:30 PM
Last Write:  2/22/2003 11:40:19 PM
Creation:    2/22/2003 11:39:45 PM

The FileInfo class creates an object that is associated to a specific file. In line 12, a FileInfo object was created called fiExe that is associated to the program being executed (fileinfo.exe). If the user doesn't enter an argument on the command line, the value of fiExe is printed with program usage information (line 14).

In line 22, a second FileInfo object is created using the argument passed to the program. In lines 26 to 32, information is displayed about this file. As you can see, the information displayed includes the file size using the Length member, the creation date and time using the CreationTime member, the last access date and time using the LastAccessTime member, and finally the last date and time the file was written to using the LastWriteTime member.

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  • CreationTime better for SET than GET

    Posted by rox.scott on 03/25/2005 12:07pm

    I've found the CreationTime property useless for finding the actual creation time of files, unless I set it myself. This is because of Windows 'File Tunneling' behaviour.

  • File Version, Description, etc.?

    Posted by Legacy on 03/18/2003 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Marty

    Using .NET, how would you go about enumerating the version information fields for the same file? I looked through the .NET Class Library a little bit but didn't find anything.

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