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File.WriteAllText Method (String, String)

Note: This method is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Creates a new file, writes the specified string array to the file, and then closes the file. If the target file already exists, it is overwritten.

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

public static void WriteAllText (
	string path,
	string contents
)
public static void WriteAllText (
	String path, 
	String contents
)
public static function WriteAllText (
	path : String, 
	contents : String
)

Parameters

path

The file to write to.

contents

The string array to write to the file.

Exception typeCondition

ArgumentException

path is a zero-length string, contains only white space, or contains one or more invalid characters as defined by InvalidPathChars.

ArgumentNullException

path is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

PathTooLongException

The specified path, file name, or both exceed the system-defined maximum length. For example, on Windows-based platforms, paths must be less than 248 characters, and file names must be less than 260 characters.

DirectoryNotFoundException

The specified path is invalid (for example, it is on an unmapped drive).

IOException

An I/O error occurred while opening the file.

UnauthorizedAccessException

path specified a file that is read-only.

-or-

This operation is not supported on the current platform.

-or-

path specified a directory.

-or-

The caller does not have the required permission.

FileNotFoundException

The file specified in path was not found.

NotSupportedException

path is in an invalid format.

SecurityException

The caller does not have the required permission.

This method uses UTF-8 encoding without a Byte-Order Mark (BOM), so using the GetPreamble method will return an empty byte array. If it is necessary to include a UTF-8 identifier, such as a byte order mark, at the beginning of a file, use the WriteAllText(String,String,Encoding) method overload with UTF8 encoding.

Given a string array and a file path, this method opens the specified file, writes the string array to the file, and then closes the file.

The following code example demonstrates the use of the WriteAllText method to write text to a file. In this example a file is created, if it doesn't already exist, and text is added to it.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Text;

class Test
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        string path = @"c:\temp\MyTest.txt";

        // This text is added only once to the file.
        if (!File.Exists(path))
        {
            // Create a file to write to.
            string createText = "Hello and Welcome" + Environment.NewLine;
            File.WriteAllText(path, createText, Encoding.UTF8);
        }

        // This text is always added, making the file longer over time
        // if it is not deleted.
        string appendText = "This is extra text" + Environment.NewLine;
        File.AppendAllText(path, appendText, Encoding.UTF8);

        // Open the file to read from.
        string readText = File.ReadAllText(path, Encoding.UTF8);
        Console.WriteLine(readText);
    }
}

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, 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

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