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ProcessStartInfo.RedirectStandardInput Property

Gets or sets a value indicating whether the input for an application is read from the Process.StandardInput stream.

Namespace: System.Diagnostics
Assembly: System (in system.dll)

public bool RedirectStandardInput { get; set; }
/** @property */
public boolean get_RedirectStandardInput ()

/** @property */
public void set_RedirectStandardInput (boolean value)

public function get RedirectStandardInput () : boolean

public function set RedirectStandardInput (value : boolean)

Not applicable.

Property Value

true to read input from Process.StandardInput; otherwise, false.

A Process can read input text from its standard input stream, typically the keyboard. By redirecting the StandardInput stream, you can programmatically specify the input of a process. For example, instead of using keyboard input, you can provide text from the contents of a designated file or output from another application.

NoteNote:

You must set UseShellExecute to false if you want to set RedirectStandardInput to true. Otherwise, writing to the StandardInput stream throws an exception.

The following example illustrates how to redirect the StandardInput stream of a process. The sort command is a console application that reads and sorts text input.

The example starts the sort command with redirected input. It then prompts the user for text, and passes the text to the sort process through the redirected StandardInput stream. The sort results are displayed to the user on the console.


using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.ComponentModel;

namespace Process_StandardInput_Sample
{
   class StandardInputTest
   {
      static void Main()
      {
         Console.WriteLine("Ready to sort one or more text lines...");

         // Start the Sort.exe process with redirected input.
         // Use the sort command to sort the input text.
         Process myProcess = new Process();
         
         myProcess.StartInfo.FileName = "Sort.exe";
         myProcess.StartInfo.UseShellExecute = false;
         myProcess.StartInfo.RedirectStandardInput = true;

         myProcess.Start();

         StreamWriter myStreamWriter = myProcess.StandardInput;

         // Prompt the user for input text lines to sort. 
         // Write each line to the StandardInput stream of
         // the sort command.
         String inputText;
         int numLines = 0;
         do 
         {
            Console.WriteLine("Enter a line of text (or press the Enter key to stop):");
            
            inputText = Console.ReadLine();
            if (inputText.Length > 0)
            {
               numLines ++;
               myStreamWriter.WriteLine(inputText);
            }
         } while (inputText.Length != 0);


         // Write a report header to the console.
         if (numLines > 0)
         {
            Console.WriteLine(" {0} sorted text line(s) ", numLines);
            Console.WriteLine("------------------------");
         }
         else 
         {
            Console.WriteLine(" No input was sorted");
         }

         // End the input stream to the sort command.
         // When the stream closes, the sort command
         // writes the sorted text lines to the 
         // console.
         myStreamWriter.Close();


         // Wait for the sort process to write the sorted text lines.
         myProcess.WaitForExit();
         myProcess.Close();
       
      }
   }
}

Windows 98, Windows Server 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 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
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