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Console.SetOut Method

Sets the Out property to the specified TextWriter object.

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

[HostProtectionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, UI = true)]
public static void SetOut(
	TextWriter newOut
)

Parameters

newOut
Type: System.IO.TextWriter

A stream that is the new standard output.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

newOut is null.

SecurityException

The caller does not have the required permission.

By default, the Out property is set to the standard output stream.

A StreamWriter that encapsulates a FileStream can be used to send output to a file. For example:

Console.WriteLine("Hello World");
FileStream fs = new FileStream("Test.txt", FileMode.Create);
// First, save the standard output.
TextWriter tmp = Console.Out;
StreamWriter sw = new StreamWriter(fs);
Console.SetOut(sw);
Console.WriteLine("Hello file");
Console.SetOut(tmp);
Console.WriteLine("Hello World");
sw.Close();
NoteNote

The HostProtectionAttribute attribute applied to this type or member has the following Resources property value: UI. The HostProtectionAttribute does not affect desktop applications (which are typically started by double-clicking an icon, typing a command, or entering a URL in a browser). For more information, see the HostProtectionAttribute class or SQL Server Programming and Host Protection Attributes.

The following example illustrates the use of the SetOut method. It replaces four consecutive space characters in a string with a tab character. To run it, you must supply two command line arguments. The first is the name of an existing text file to redirect the standard input stream to. The second is the name of a file to redirect the standard output stream to. This file need not exist. If it does, its contents will be overwritten.

using System;
using System.IO;

public class InsertTabs {
    private const int tabSize = 4;
    private const string usageText = "Usage: INSERTTABS inputfile.txt outputfile.txt";
    public static int Main(string[] args) {
        StreamWriter writer = null;

        if (args.Length < 2) {
            Console.WriteLine(usageText);
            return 1;
        }

        try {
            // Attempt to open output file.
            writer = new StreamWriter(args[1]);
            // Redirect standard output from the console to the output file.
            Console.SetOut(writer);
            // Redirect standard input from the console to the input file.
            Console.SetIn(new StreamReader(args[0]));
        }
        catch(IOException e) {
            TextWriter errorWriter = Console.Error;
            errorWriter.WriteLine(e.Message);
            errorWriter.WriteLine(usageText);
            return 1;            
        }
        string line;
        while ((line = Console.ReadLine()) != null) {
            string newLine = line.Replace(("").PadRight(tabSize, ' '), "\t");
            Console.WriteLine(newLine);
        }
        writer.Close();
        // Recover the standard output stream so that a  
        // completion message can be displayed.
        StreamWriter standardOutput = new StreamWriter(Console.OpenStandardOutput());
        standardOutput.AutoFlush = true;
        Console.SetOut(standardOutput);
        Console.WriteLine("INSERTTABS has completed the processing of {0}.", args[0]);
        return 0;
    }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, 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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