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 How to check if a folder exists and if not create it?

Have you ever tried to check if a folder exists or not from Excel worksheet? In this article, I will talk about checking if a folder exists in a specified path, if not, the folder will be created automatically under the path.

Check if a folder exists in a specific file path with VBA code

Create the folder if not exists in a specific file path with VBA code


arrow blue right bubble Check if a folder exists in a specific file path with VBA code


The following VBA code may help you to check if a folder exists in a specific file path, please do as this:

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

VBA code: Check if a folder exists in a specific file path:

Sub Test_Folder_Exist_With_Dir()
'Updateby Extendoffice 20161109
    Dim sFolderPath As String
    sFolderPath = "C:\Users\DT168\Desktop\Test folder"
    If Right(sFolderPath, 1) <> "\" Then
        sFolderPath = sFolderPath & "\"
    End If
    If Dir(sFolderPath, vbDirectory) <> vbNullString Then
        MsgBox "Folder exist", vbInformation, "Kutools for Excel"
    Else
        MsgBox "Folder doesn't exist", vbInformation, "Kutools for Excel"
    End If
End Sub

Note: In the above code, you should change the folder path and name C:\Users\DT168\Desktop\Test folder to your needed.

3. Then press F5 key to run this code, you will get the following results:

doc folder exist 1


arrow blue right bubble Create the folder if not exists in a specific file path with VBA code

Check if a folder exists in a file path, if not, to create it under this specific file path, the following VBA code may help you to finish this job.

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

VBA code: Create a folder if not exists in a file path:

Sub MakeMyFolder()
'Updateby Extendoffice 20161109
    Dim fdObj As Object
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    Set fdObj = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
    If fdObj.FolderExists("C:\Users\DT168\Desktop\Test folder") Then
        MsgBox "Found it.", vbInformation, "Kutools for Excel"
    Else
        fdObj.CreateFolder ("C:\Users\DT168\Desktop\Test folder")
        MsgBox "It has been created.", vbInformation, "Kutools for Excel"
    End If
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

Note: In the above code, you should change the folder path and name C:\Users\DT168\Desktop\Test folder to your needed.

3. After pasting the code, and press F5 key to run it:

(1.) If the folder exists, a prompt box will pop out as following screenshot shown:

doc folder exist 2

(2.) If the folder does not exist, it will be created under the specific path at once, and a prompt box will pop out to remind you the folder has been created, see screenshot:

doc folder exist 3


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    German · 28 days ago
    excelente, me sirvió mucho el Objeto. Uso para carpetas como archivos. Muchas gracias
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    Mike · 2 months ago
    Hi, This works great, would there be any chance that the folder name used when checking if a folder already exists is derived from a cell within the spreadsheet, say A2??

    I use a template spreadsheet which is updated automatically from another source, so cell A2 constantly changes which requires new folders being created in the same name.

    Also, could there be such a command which does the above but also saves the active spreadsheet in the found / created folder?

    Any hope? TIA
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    felipe · 8 months ago
    I'm running this macro, but in the step to create the folder, the process goes down.

    can you help me????


    'Comprobar si la carpeta existe

    Dim ruta As String
    Dim libro As String

    M = ActiveWorkbook.Name

    ruta = Application.Workbooks(M).Sheets("Diccionario").Range("B5").Value

    If Right(ruta, 1) <> "\" Then
    ruta = ruta & "\"
    End If
    If Dir(ruta, vbDirectory) <> vbNullString Then
    MsgBox "Folder exist, please continue"
    Else
    MsgBox "Folder doesn't exist"
    End If

    'Crea la carpeta que necesitas

    Dim fdObj As Object
    Dim folder As String

    folder = Application.Workbooks(M).Sheets("Dicionario").Range("B5").Value (here is where the process falls)

    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    Set fdObj = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
    If fdObj.FolderExists(folder) Then
    MsgBox "Found it, pleace continue."
    Else
    fdObj.CreateFolder (folder)
    MsgBox "It has been created."
    End If
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
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    Kyffer · 11 months ago
    Super Thanks!
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    Roger · 1 years ago
    Thanks Man, work amazing
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    Bengbeng · 1 years ago
    This is really helpful! thanks!
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    Kenneth · 1 years ago
    Great article. Just what I was looking for :)
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    Alok · 2 years ago
    It's reflecting an error @ fdObj.CreateFolder ("C:\Users\DT168\Desktop\Test folder")
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      skyyang · 2 years ago
      Hello, Alok,
      The above codes works well in my Excel workbook, the "C:\Users\DT168\Desktop\Test folder" path is my computer path, you should change the folder path to your own.
      Thank you!