Create directory with parent directories

In this example we shall show you how to create a directory with parent directories. We are using the File class that is an abstract representation of file and directory pathnames. To create a directory with parent directories one should perform the following steps:

  • Create a new File instance by converting the given pathname string into an abstract pathname.
  • Use mkdirs() API method of File. This method creates the directory named by this abstract pathname, including any necessary but nonexistent parent directories. Note that if this operation fails it may have succeeded in creating some of the necessary parent directories,

as described in the code snippet below.

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.core;


public class CreateDirectoryWithParentDirectories {
	public static void main(String[] args) {
		File dir = new File("c://parent_directory_1/parent_directory_2/directory");
		boolean directoriesCreated = dir.mkdirs();
		if(directoriesCreated) {
			System.out.println("Directories created");
		else {
			System.out.println("Directories not created");

This was an example of how to create a directory with parent directories in Java.

Byron Kiourtzoglou

Byron is a master software engineer working in the IT and Telecom domains. He is an applications developer in a wide variety of applications/services. He is currently acting as the team leader and technical architect for a proprietary service creation and integration platform for both the IT and Telecom industries in addition to a in-house big data real-time analytics solution. He is always fascinated by SOA, middleware services and mobile development. Byron is co-founder and Executive Editor at Java Code Geeks.
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