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FileStream.CanSeek Property

Gets a value indicating whether the current stream supports seeking.

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

public override bool CanSeek { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the stream supports seeking; false if the stream is closed or if the FileStream was constructed from an operating-system handle such as a pipe or output to the console.

If a class derived from Stream does not support seeking, calls to Length, SetLength, Position, and Seek throw a NotSupportedException.

If the stream is closed, this property returns false.

The following example uses the CanSeek property to check whether a stream supports seeking.

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

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

        // Delete the file if it exists. 
        if (File.Exists(path)) 
        {
            File.Delete(path);
        }

        //Create the file. 
        using (FileStream fs = File.Create(path)) 
        {
            if (fs.CanSeek) 
            {
                Console.WriteLine("The stream connected to {0} is seekable.", path);
            } 
            else 
            {
                Console.WriteLine("The stream connected to {0} is not seekable.", path);
            }
        }
    }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.3, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8

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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