Java.io.File.list() Method

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Description

The java.io.File.list() returns the array of files and directories in the directory defined by this abstract path name. The method returns null, if the abstract pathname does not denote a directory.

Declaration

Following is the declaration for java.io.File.list() method:

public String[] list()

Parameters

  • NA

Return Value

The method returns array of files and directories in the directory denoted by this abstract pathname.

Exception

  • SecurityException -- If a security manager exists and its SecurityManager.checkRead(java.lang.String) method denies read access to the file

Example

The following example shows the usage of java.io.File.list() method.

package com.tutorialspoint;

import java.io.File;

public class FileDemo {
   public static void main(String[] args) {
      
      File f = null;
      String[] paths;
            
      try{      
         // create new file
         f = new File("c:/test");
                                 
         // array of files and directory
         paths = f.list();
            
         // for each name in the path array
         for(String path:paths)
         {
            // prints filename and directory name
            System.out.println(path);
         }
      }catch(Exception e){
         // if any error occurs
         e.printStackTrace();
      }
   }
}

Let us compile and run the above program, this will produce the following result:

child_test
child_test.txt




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