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MSBuild Well-known Item Metadata

The following table describes the metadata assigned to every item upon creation. In each example, the following item declaration was used to include the file C:\MyProject\Source\Program.cs in the project.

    <MyItem Include="Source\Program.cs" />

Item Metadata



Contains the full path of the item. For example:



Contains the root directory of the item. For example:



Contains the file name of the item, without the extension. For example:



Contains the file name extension of the item. For example:



Contains the path specified in the Include attribute, up to the final backslash (\). For example:



Contains the directory of the item, without the root directory. For example:



If the Include attribute contains the wildcard **, this metadata specifies the part of the path that replaces the wildcard. For more information on wildcards, see How to: Select the Files to Build.

If the folder C:\MySolution\MyProject\Source\ contains the file Program.cs, and if the project file contains this item:


<MyItem Include="C:\**\Program.cs" />


then the value of %(MyItem.RecursiveDir) would be MySolution\MyProject\Source\.


The item specified in the Include attribute.. For example:



Contains the timestamp from the last time the item was modified. For example:

2004-07-01 00:21:31.5073316


Contains the timestamp from when the item was created. For example:

2004-06-25 09:26:45.8237425


Contains the timestamp from the last time the time was accessed.

2004-08-14 16:52:36.3168743

See Also


MSBuild Items

MSBuild Batching

Other Resources

MSBuild Reference