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Stream.CanRead Property

When overridden in a derived class, gets a value indicating whether the current stream supports reading.

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

public abstract bool CanRead { get; }
/** @property */
public abstract boolean get_CanRead ()

public abstract function get CanRead () : boolean

Not applicable.

Property Value

true if the stream supports reading; otherwise, false.

For an example of creating a file and writing text to a file, see Writing Text to a File. For an example of reading text from a file, see Reading Text from a File. For an example of reading from and writing to a binary file, see Reading and Writing to a Newly Created Data File.

If a class derived from Stream does not support reading, calls to the Read, ReadByte, and BeginRead methods throw a NotSupportedException.

If the stream is closed, this property returns false.

The following is an example of using the CanRead property.

using System;
using System.IO;
 
class TestRW 
{
    public static void Main(String[] args)
    {
        FileStream fs = new FileStream("MyFile.txt", FileMode.OpenOrCreate, FileAccess.Read);
        if (fs.CanRead && fs.CanWrite)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("MyFile.txt can be both written to and read from.");
        }
        else if (fs.CanRead)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("MyFile.txt is not writable.");
        }
    }
}

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

class TestRW
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        FileStream fs = new FileStream("MyFile.txt", 
            FileMode.OpenOrCreate, FileAccess.Read);
        if (fs.get_CanRead() && fs.get_CanWrite()) {
            Console.WriteLine("MyFile.txt can be both written to " 
                + "and read from.");
        }
        else {
            if (fs.get_CanRead()) {
                Console.WriteLine("MyFile.txt is not writable.");
            }
        }
    } //main
} //TestRW

 import System;
 import System.IO;
 
class TestRW 
{
   public static function Main() : void 
   {
 
         var fs : FileStream = new FileStream("MyFile.txt", FileMode.OpenOrCreate, FileAccess.Read);
         if (fs.CanRead && fs.CanWrite)
         {
            Console.WriteLine("MyFile.txt can be both written to and read from.");
         }
         else if (fs.CanRead)
         {
            Console.WriteLine("MyFile.txt is not writable.");
      }
   }
}
TestRW.Main();

Windows 98, Windows Server 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 Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0

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