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Console.InputEncoding Property

Gets or sets the encoding the console uses to read input.

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

'Declaration
Public Shared Property InputEncoding As Encoding

Property Value

Type: System.Text.Encoding
The encoding used to read console input.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

The property value in a set operation is Nothing.

IOException

An error occurred during the execution of this operation.

SecurityException

Your application does not have permission to perform this operation.

The console uses the input encoding to translate keyboard input into a corresponding character. The input encoding incorporates a code page that maps 256 keyboard character codes to individual characters. Different code pages include different special characters, typically customized for a language or a group of languages.

Starting with the .NET Framework 4, a property get operation may return a cached value instead of the console's current input encoding. This can occur if the value of the InputEncoding property is modified by some means other than an assignment to the InputEncoding property, such as calling the Windows SetConsoleCP function or using the chcp command from a PowerShell script.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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

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