Console.KeyAvailable Property

Gets a value indicating whether a key press is available in the input stream.

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

public static bool KeyAvailable { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if a key press is available; otherwise, false.

ExceptionCondition
IOException

An I/O error occurred.

InvalidOperationException

Standard input is redirected to a file instead of the keyboard.

The property value is returned immediately; that is, the KeyAvailable property does not block input until a key press is available.

Use the KeyAvailable property in conjunction with only the ReadKey method, not the Read or ReadLine methods.

The following example demonstrates how to use the KeyAvailable property to create a loop that runs until a key is pressed.

// This example demonstrates the Console.KeyAvailable property. 
using System;
using System.Threading;

class Sample 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
    ConsoleKeyInfo cki = new ConsoleKeyInfo();

    do {
        Console.WriteLine("\nPress a key to display; press the 'x' key to quit.");

// Your code could perform some useful task in the following loop. However,  
// for the sake of this example we'll merely pause for a quarter second. 

        while (Console.KeyAvailable == false)
            Thread.Sleep(250); // Loop until input is entered.
        cki = Console.ReadKey(true);
        Console.WriteLine("You pressed the '{0}' key.", cki.Key);
        } while(cki.Key != ConsoleKey.X);
    }
}
/*
This example produces results similar to the following text:

Press a key to display; press the 'x' key to quit.
You pressed the 'H' key.

Press a key to display; press the 'x' key to quit.
You pressed the 'E' key.

Press a key to display; press the 'x' key to quit.
You pressed the 'PageUp' key.

Press a key to display; press the 'x' key to quit.
You pressed the 'DownArrow' key.

Press a key to display; press the 'x' key to quit.
You pressed the 'X' key.
*/

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0
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