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GetFileInformationByHandle info  Overview  Group

The GetFileInformationByHandle function retrieves information about a specified file.

BOOL GetFileInformationByHandle(

    HANDLE hFile, 

// handle of file


// address of structure



Handle to the file that you want to obtain information about.

This handle should not be a pipe handle. The GetFileInformationByHandle function does not work with pipe handles.

Points to a BY_HANDLE_FILE_INFORMATION structure that receives the file information. The structure can be used in subsequent calls to GetFileInformationByHandle to refer to the information about the file.

Return Values

If the function succeeds, the return value is nonzero.

If the function fails, the return value is zero. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.


Depending on the underlying network components of the operating system and the type of server connected to, the GetFileInformationByHandle function may fail, return partial information, or full information for the given file. In general, you should not use GetFileInformationByHandle unless your application is intended to be run on a limited set of operating system configurations.

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