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A function to retrieve the directory of a program

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A small function to retrieve the directory a program is being executed from


I've needed to get the directory a program was running several times. I've used it to determine where configuration files could be found. I've used it for determining where images should be stored/loaded. I've also had to write it from scratch several times Frown | :( . I'm submitting it here so hopefully someone else doesn't have to figure it out themselves.

I've found that using _getcwd isn't accurate whenever the user is allowed to use the file dialogs to open or save files. If they move to a different directory in the file dialogs, the current working directory is changed as well

CString GetProgramDir()
    CString RtnVal;
    char    FileName[MAX_PATH];
    GetModuleFileName(AfxGetInstanceHandle(), FileName, MAX_PATH);
    RtnVal = FileName;
    RtnVal = RtnVal.Left(RtnVal.ReverseFind('\\'));
    return RtnVal;

It's not much, but I've found it helpful and hope that someone else will as well.


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Brad Bruce
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QuestionRtnVal's 'lifetime' Pin
Lino Masoni10-Nov-09 22:09
memberLino Masoni10-Nov-09 22:09 
QuestionHow is this more reliable than _getcwd() Pin
drake2828-Dec-04 14:13
memberdrake2828-Dec-04 14:13 
AnswerRe: How is this more reliable than _getcwd() Pin
Brad Bruce28-Dec-04 15:05
memberBrad Bruce28-Dec-04 15:05 
GeneralRe: How is this more reliable than _getcwd() Pin
drake2829-Dec-04 13:16
memberdrake2829-Dec-04 13:16 
Generalthanks for the effort!! Pin
f24-Oct-04 14:36
memberf24-Oct-04 14:36 
GeneralWon't this do... Pin
Anonymous15-Apr-04 5:03
sussAnonymous15-Apr-04 5:03 
GeneralRe: Won't this do... Pin
Brad Bruce30-Apr-04 1:36
memberBrad Bruce30-Apr-04 1:36 
The point was to get the directory of the program. This could be used to locate files. I frequently use this when using .ini files from the program directory.
GeneralThe way i've been doing it till now Pin
gopya12-May-02 6:25
membergopya12-May-02 6:25 
Generala small question about GetModuleFileName Pin
Alex200226-Feb-02 0:03
memberAlex200226-Feb-02 0:03 
GeneralRe: a small question about GetModuleFileName Pin
Anonymous26-Feb-02 21:52
memberAnonymous26-Feb-02 21:52 

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