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PipeStream.ReadByte Method

Reads a byte from a pipe.

Namespace:  System.IO.Pipes
Assembly:  System.Core (in System.Core.dll)

public override int ReadByte()

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The byte, cast to Int32, or -1 indicates the end of the stream (the pipe has been closed).


The pipe is closed.


The pipe does not support read operations.


The pipe is disconnected, waiting to connect, or the handle has not been set.


Any I/O error occurred.

Use the CanRead property to determine whether the current PipeStream object supports read operations.

.NET Framework

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

.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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