Error 8 At Delete Function When Deleting a Folder

Updated Aug 18, 2023

Reported In


  • LabVIEW

Issue Details

I am using LabVIEW Delete Function to programmatically delete an entire folder, as shown below:

The folder exists at the specified path and I have the privileges to access that folder (i.e., it is not read-only).
However, when running the VI I get the following error:

Error 8
Possible reason(s):
LabVIEW: File permission error. You do not have the correct permissions for the file


If I manually delete the files inside the folder, the LabVIEW VI runs without errors.
How can I solve the problem?


The error could be caused by having read-only files inside the folder you are trying to delete.
You can check and fix this problem by following these steps:
  1. access the folder you are trying to delete in Windows Explorer
  2. right-click the contained files and select Properties 
  3. in Attributes, ensure to uncheck Read-only
  4. click Apply and OK
You can also programmatically change file permissions of all the files before trying to delete the folder by calling Set Permissions Function . You can find an example below and also attached: