I am making a visual webpart in SP 2010, and I download the SPListItems from a document library. I need to get the creation date of all the documents and folder items. I can do it successfuly for items that are documents and not folders using:

DateTime now = System.DateTime.Today;

TimeSpan diff = now - item.File.TimeCreated;

But if I try to do this for a item that is a folder, I get an exception about a null object. I think the "File" variable is null value.

Does anyone know how to get the creation date of a folder?


3 Answers 3


Use following code to get the creation date of folder:

  • Isn't it equivalent to item["Created"] directly?
    – Steve B
    Nov 14, 2014 at 16:18
  • Check the answer by @dylan. Looks like that was throwing exception Nov 15, 2014 at 3:06

Yes, in your case, most likely the File property of the list item is null, because the list item refers to a folder and not a file.

I don't see anything similar to TimeCreated in the SPFolder properties, so you could get the creation date of a folder by getting the creation date of it's list item, for instance:

DateTime created = null;
if (item.File != null)
    created = item.File.TimeCreated;
    created = (DateTime)item["Created"];
  • when I try that I get the error (8/22/2013 1:49:58 PM) - Error Message: Value does not fall within the expected range. Stacktrace: at Microsoft.SharePoint.SPFieldMap.GetColumnNumber(String strFieldName, Boolean bThrow) at Microsoft.SharePoint.SPListItemCollection.GetColumnNumber(String groupName, Boolean bThrowException) at Microsoft.SharePoint.SPListItemCollection.GetRawValue(String fieldname, Int32 iIndex, Boolean bThrow) at Microsoft.SharePoint.SPListItem.GetValue(SPField fld, Int32 columnNumber, Boolean bRaw, Boolean bThrowException)
    – omega
    Aug 22, 2013 at 17:51
  • Looks like there is a created timestamp in hashtable of SPFolder.Properties msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/… Aug 22, 2013 at 18:10

I'm assuming you have item initiated as SPListItem.Item[some index]. For a folder you need to change that to SPListItem.Folder.Item["Created"]. Give this code a shot.

DateTime created = item.File.TimeCreated;

if (created == null)
    created = item.Folder.Item.File.TimeCreated;

//rest of your logic

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