since: 2.30


g_mkdtemp (
  gchar* tmpl


Creates a temporary directory. See the mkdtemp() documentation on most UNIX-like systems.

The parameter is a string that should follow the rules for mkdtemp() templates, i.e. contain the string “XXXXXX”. g_mkdtemp() is slightly more flexible than mkdtemp() in that the sequence does not have to occur at the very end of the template. The X string will be modified to form the name of a directory that didn’t exist. The string should be in the GLib file name encoding. Most importantly, on Windows it should be in UTF-8.

If you are going to be creating a temporary directory inside the directory returned by g_get_tmp_dir(), you might want to use g_dir_make_tmp() instead.

Available since: 2.30

This function is not directly available to language bindings.



Type: gchar*

Template directory name.

The data is owned by the caller of the function.
The value is a file system path, using the OS encoding.

Return value

Type: gchar*

A pointer to tmpl, which has been modified to hold the directory name. In case of errors, NULL is returned and %errno will be set.

The caller of the function takes ownership of the data, and is responsible for freeing it.
The return value can be NULL.
The value is a file system path, using the OS encoding.