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StreamWriter.Encoding Property

Gets the Encoding in which the output is written.

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

public override Encoding Encoding { get; }
/** @property */
public Encoding get_Encoding ()

public override function get Encoding () : Encoding

Property Value

The Encoding specified in the constructor for the current instance, or UTF8Encoding if an encoding was not specified.

This property is necessary for some XML scenarios where a header must be written containing the encoding used by the StreamWriter. This allows the XML code to consume an arbitrary StreamWriter and generate the correct XML header.

For an example of using this property, see the Example section below. 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 example retrieves the encoding of the specified StreamWriter instance.

// Write out the current text encoding
sw.WriteLine("Encoding: {0}",
    sw.Encoding.ToString());

// Write out the current text encoding
sw.WriteLine("Encoding: {0}", sw.get_Encoding().ToString());

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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