drops the first n path elements in the file name "name".


drops the last n path elements in the file name "name".


drops elements m through n in the file name "name".


drops the last path element in the file name "name".

Details and Options

  • FileNameDrop by default assumes that path elements are separated by pathname separators suitable for your operating system.
  • FileNameDrop[,OperatingSystem->"os"] uses the conventions of the specified operating system. Possible choices are "Windows", "MacOSX", and "Unix".
  • FileNameDrop just operates on names of files; it does not actually search for the file specified.
  • If more elements are specified to be dropped than are present, FileNameDrop just drops those that are present.
  • FileNameDrop[File["name"],] is also supported.


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Basic Examples  (2)

Find the parent directory:

On Windows, the share name is treated as a single unit:

Scope  (1)

Get the base name of the file specified by the File object:

Introduced in 2008
Updated in 2016