Directory class Null safety

A reference to a directory (or folder) on the file system.

A Directory is an object holding a path on which operations can be performed. The path to the directory can be absolute or relative. It allows access to the parent directory, since it is a FileSystemEntity.

The Directory also provides static access to the system's temporary file directory, systemTemp, and the ability to access and change the current directory.

Create a new Directory to give access the directory with the specified path:

var myDir = Directory('myDir');

Most intance methods of Directory exist in both synchronous and asynchronous variants, for example, create and createSync. Unless you have a specific reason for using the synchronous version of a method, prefer the asynchronous version to avoid blocking your program.

Create a directory

The following code sample creates a directory using the create method. By setting the recursive parameter to true, you can create the named directory and all its necessary parent directories, if they do not already exist.

import 'dart:io';

void main() async {
  // Creates dir/ and dir/subdir/.
  var directory = await Directory('dir/subdir').create(recursive: true)

List the entries of a directory

Use the list or listSync methods to get the files and directories contained in a directory. Set recursive to true to recursively list all subdirectories. Set followLinks to true to follow symbolic links. The list method returns a Stream of FileSystemEntity objects. Listen on the stream to access each object as it is found:

import 'dart:io';

void main() async {
  // Get the system temp directory.
  var systemTempDir = Directory.systemTemp;

  // List directory contents, recursing into sub-directories,
  // but not following symbolic links.
  await for (var entity in
      systemTempDir.list(recursive: true, followLinks: false)) {

The use of asynchronnous methods

I/O operations can block a program for some period of time while it waits for the operation to complete. To avoid this, all methods involving I/O have an asynchronous variant which returns a Future. This future completes when the I/O operation finishes. While the I/O operation is in progress, the Dart program is not blocked, and can perform other operations.

For example, the exists method, which determines whether the directory exists, returns a boolean value asynchronously using a Future.

import 'dart:io';

void main() async {
  final myDir = Directory('dir');
  var isThere = await myDir.exists();
  print(isThere ? 'exists' : 'non-existent');

In addition to exists, the stat, rename, and other methods are also asynchronous.

Other resources

Implemented types


Directory(String path)
Creates a Directory object. [...]
Directory.fromRawPath(Uint8List path)
Directory.fromUri(Uri uri)
Create a Directory from a URI. [...]


absolute Directory
A Directory whose path is the absolute path of this. [...]
read-only, override
hashCode int
The hash code for this object. [...]
read-only, inherited
isAbsolute bool
Whether this object's path is absolute. [...]
read-only, inherited
parent Directory
The parent directory of this entity.
read-only, inherited
path String
Gets the path of this directory.
read-only, override
runtimeType Type
A representation of the runtime type of the object.
read-only, inherited
uri Uri
A Uri representing the directory's location. [...]
read-only, override


create({bool recursive = false}) Future<Directory>
Creates the directory if it doesn't exist. [...]
createSync({bool recursive = false}) → void
Synchronously creates the directory if it doesn't exist. [...]
createTemp([String? prefix]) Future<Directory>
Creates a temporary directory in this directory. [...]
createTempSync([String? prefix]) Directory
Synchronously creates a temporary directory in this directory. [...]
delete({bool recursive = false}) Future<FileSystemEntity>
Deletes this FileSystemEntity. [...]
deleteSync({bool recursive = false}) → void
Synchronously deletes this FileSystemEntity. [...]
exists() Future<bool>
Checks whether the file system entity with this path exists. [...]
existsSync() bool
Synchronously checks whether the file system entity with this path exists. [...]
list({bool recursive = false, bool followLinks = true}) Stream<FileSystemEntity>
Lists the sub-directories and files of this Directory. [...]
listSync({bool recursive = false, bool followLinks = true}) List<FileSystemEntity>
Lists the sub-directories and files of this Directory. Optionally recurses into sub-directories. [...]
noSuchMethod(Invocation invocation) → dynamic
Invoked when a non-existent method or property is accessed. [...]
rename(String newPath) Future<Directory>
Renames this directory. [...]
renameSync(String newPath) Directory
Synchronously renames this directory. [...]
Resolves the path of a file system object relative to the current working directory. [...]
resolveSymbolicLinksSync() String
Resolves the path of a file system object relative to the current working directory. [...]
stat() Future<FileStat>
Calls the operating system's stat() function on path. [...]
statSync() FileStat
Synchronously calls the operating system's stat() function on path. [...]
toString() String
Returns a human readable representation of this Directory.
watch({int events = FileSystemEvent.all, bool recursive = false}) Stream<FileSystemEvent>
Start watching the FileSystemEntity for changes. [...]


operator ==(Object other) bool
The equality operator. [...]

Static Properties

current Directory
Creates a directory object pointing to the current working directory.
read / write
systemTemp Directory
The system temp directory. [...]