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SerialPort.ReadExisting Method

Note: This method is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Reads all immediately available bytes, based on the encoding, in both the stream and the input buffer of the SerialPort object.

Namespace: System.IO.Ports
Assembly: System (in system.dll)

public string ReadExisting ()
public String ReadExisting ()
public function ReadExisting () : String

Return Value

The contents of the stream and the input buffer of the SerialPort object.

Exception typeCondition

InvalidOperationException

The specified port is not open.

This method returns the contents of the stream and internal buffer of the SerialPort object as a string. This method does not use a time-out. Note that this method can leave trailing lead bytes in the internal buffer, which makes the BytesToRead value greater than zero.

If it is necessary to switch between reading text and reading binary data from the stream, select a protocol that carefully defines the boundary between text and binary data, such as manually reading bytes and decoding the data.

NoteNote

Because the SerialPort class buffers data, and the stream contained in the BaseStream property does not, the two might conflict about how many bytes are available to read. The BytesToRead property can indicate that there are bytes to read, but these bytes might not be accessible to the stream contained in the BaseStream property because they have been buffered to the SerialPort class.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0

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