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StreamReader.ReadLine Method

Reads a line of characters from the current stream and returns the data as a string.

Namespace: System.IO
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public override string ReadLine ()
public String ReadLine ()
public override function ReadLine () : String

Return Value

The next line from the input stream, or a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) if the end of the input stream is reached.

Exception typeCondition

OutOfMemoryException

There is insufficient memory to allocate a buffer for the returned string.

IOException

An I/O error occurs.

A line is defined as a sequence of characters followed by a line feed ("\n") or a carriage return immediately followed by a line feed ("\r\n"). The string that is returned does not contain the terminating carriage return or line feed. The returned value is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) if the end of the input stream is reached.

This method overrides ReadLine.

If the current method throws an OutOfMemoryException, the reader's position in the underlying Stream object is advanced by the number of characters the method was able to read, but the characters already read into the internal ReadLine buffer are discarded. Since the position of the reader in the stream cannot be changed, the characters already read are unrecoverable, and can be accessed only by reinitializing the StreamReader object. If the initial position within the stream is unknown or the stream does not support seeking, the underlying Stream object also needs to be reinitialized.

To avoid such a situation and produce robust code you should use the Read method and store the read characters in a pre-allocated buffer.

For an example of using this method, see the Example section. The following table lists examples of other typical or related I/O tasks.

To do this...

See the example in this topic...

Create a text file.

How to: Write Text to a File

Write to a text file.

How to: Write Text to a File

Read from a text file.

How to: Read Text from a File

Append text to a file.

How to: Open and Append to a Log File

File.AppendText

FileInfo.AppendText

Get the size of a file.

FileInfo.Length

Get the attributes of a file.

File.GetAttributes

Set the attributes of a file.

File.SetAttributes

Determine if a file exists.

File.Exists

Read from a binary file.

How to: Read and Write to a Newly Created Data File

Write to a binary file.

How to: Read and Write to a Newly Created Data File

The following code example reads lines from a file until the end of the file is reached.

using System;
using System.IO;

class Test 
{
	
    public static void Main() 
    {
        string path = @"c:\temp\MyTest.txt";
        try 
        {
            if (File.Exists(path)) 
            {
                File.Delete(path);
            }

            using (StreamWriter sw = new StreamWriter(path)) 
            {
                sw.WriteLine("This");
                sw.WriteLine("is some text");
                sw.WriteLine("to test");
                sw.WriteLine("Reading");
            }

            using (StreamReader sr = new StreamReader(path)) 
            {
                while (sr.Peek() >= 0) 
                {
                    Console.WriteLine(sr.ReadLine());
                }
            }
        } 
        catch (Exception e) 
        {
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString());
        }
    }
}

import System.*;
import System.IO.*;

class Test
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        String path = "c:\\temp\\MyTest.txt";
        try {
            if (File.Exists(path)) {
                File.Delete(path);
            }
            StreamWriter sw = new StreamWriter(path);
            try {
                sw.WriteLine("This");
                sw.WriteLine("is some text");
                sw.WriteLine("to test");
                sw.WriteLine("Reading");
            }
            finally {
                sw.Dispose();
            }
            StreamReader sr = new StreamReader(path);
            try {
                while (sr.Peek() >= 0) {
                    Console.WriteLine(sr.ReadLine());
                }
            }
            finally {
                sr.Dispose();
            }
        }
        catch (System.Exception e) {
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString());
        }
    } //main
} //Test

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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