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FileStream.CanRead Property

Gets a value indicating whether the current stream supports reading.

Namespace:  System.IO
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
'Declaration
Public Overrides ReadOnly Property CanRead As Boolean

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the stream supports reading; false if the stream is closed or was opened with write-only access.

If a class derived from Stream does not support reading, calls to the Read, ReadByte, and BeginRead methods throw a NotSupportedException.

If the stream is closed, this property returns false.

The following example demonstrates a use of the CanRead property. The output of this code is "MyFile.txt is not writable." To get the output message "MyFile.txt can be both written to and read from.", change the FileAccess parameter to ReadWrite in the FileStream constructor.

Imports System
Imports System.IO

Class TestRW

    Public Shared Sub Main()
        Dim fs As New FileStream("MyFile.txt", FileMode.OpenOrCreate, FileAccess.Read)
        If fs.CanRead And fs.CanWrite Then
            Console.WriteLine("MyFile.txt can be both written to and read from.")
        Else 
            If fs.CanRead Then
                Console.WriteLine("MyFile.txt is not writable.")
            End If 
        End If 
    End Sub 
End Class

.NET Framework

Supported in: 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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