The FileSystemEntry interface's method getParent() obtains a FileSystemDirectoryEntry.


getParent(successCallback, errorCallback)



A function which is called when the parent directory entry has been retrieved. The callback receives a single input parameter: a FileSystemDirectoryEntry object representing the parent directory. The parent of the root directory is considered to be the root directory, itself, so be sure to watch for that.

errorCallback Optional

An optional callback which is executed if an error occurs. There's a single parameter: a DOMException describing what went wrong.

Return value

None (undefined).



The operation failed because the file system's state doesn't permit it. This can happen, for example, if the file system's cached state differs from the actual state of the file system.


The specified path could not be found.


Security restrictions prohibit obtaining the parent directory's information.


This example renames the file specified by the variable fileEntry to "newname.html".

fileEntry.getParent((parent) => {
  fileEntry.moveTo(parent, "newname.html", (updatedEntry) => {
    console.log(`File ${} renamed to newname.html.`);
}, (error) => {
  console.error(`An error occurred: Unable to rename ${} to newname.html.`);

This is accomplished by first obtaining a FileSystemDirectoryEntry object representing the directory the file is currently located in. Then moveTo() is used to rename the file within that directory.

Using promises

Currently, there isn't a Promise-based version of this method. You can, however, create a simple helper function to adapt it, like this:

function getParentPromise(entry) {
  return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
    entry.getParent(resolve, reject);

A similar approach can be taken elsewhere in the File and Directory Entries API.


File and Directory Entries API
# dom-filesystementry-getparent

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