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File.GetCreationTime() Method in C# with Examples
  • Last Updated : 28 Apr, 2020
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File.GetCreationTime(String) is an inbuilt File class method which is used to return the creation date and time of the specified file or directory.

Syntax:

public static DateTime GetCreationTime (string path);

Parameter: This function accepts a parameter which is illustrated below:

  • path: This is the specified file path whose creation date and time is going to be returned.

Exceptions:

  • UnauthorizedAccessException: The caller does not have the required permission.
  • ArgumentException: The path is a zero-length string, contains only white space, or one or more invalid characters as defined by InvalidPathChars.
  • ArgumentNullException: The path is null.
  • PathTooLongException: The given path, file name, or both exceed the system-defined maximum length.
  • NotSupportedException: The path is in an invalid format.

Return Value: Returns the creation date and time of the specified file or directory.



Below are the programs to illustrate the File.GetCreationTime(String) method.

Program 1: Before running the below code, a file file.txt is created with some contents shown below:

file.txt




// C# program to illustrate the usage
// of File.GetCreationTime(String) method
  
// Using System and System.IO namespaces
using System;
using System.IO;
  
class GFG {
    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        // Calling the GetCreationTime() function
        DateTime fileCreatedDate = File.GetCreationTime(@"file.txt");
  
        // Printing the creation date and time of the
        // specified file
        Console.WriteLine("File created on: " + fileCreatedDate);
    }
}

Executing:

File created on: 4/19/2020 4:02:54 AM

Program 2: Before running the below code, two files were created shown below:

file.txt

gfg.txt




// C# program to illustrate the usage
// of File.GetCreationTime(String) method
  
// Using System and System.IO namespaces
using System;
using System.IO;
  
class GFG {
    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        // Calling the GetCreationTime() function
        DateTime fileCreatedDate1 = File.GetCreationTime(@"file.txt");
        DateTime fileCreatedDate2 = File.GetCreationTime(@"gfg.txt");
  
        // Printing the creation date and time of the
        // specified file
        Console.WriteLine("File created on: " + fileCreatedDate1);
        Console.WriteLine("File created on: " + fileCreatedDate2);
    }
}

Executing:

File created on: 4/19/2020 4:02:54 AM
File created on: 4/19/2020 4:07:02 AM

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