FileSystem.EOF Method

Returns a Boolean value True when the end of a file opened for Random or sequential Input has been reached.

Namespace:  Microsoft.VisualBasic
Assembly:  Microsoft.VisualBasic (in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll)

public static bool EOF(
	int FileNumber


Type: System.Int32

Required. An Integer that contains any valid file number.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
Returns a Boolean value True when the end of a file opened for Random or sequential Input has been reached.


FileNumber does not exist.


File mode is invalid.

Use EOF to avoid the error generated by attempting to get input past the end of a file.

The EOF function returns False until the end of the file has been reached. With files opened for Random or Binary access, EOF returns False until the last executed FileGet function is unable to read a whole record.

With files opened for Binary access, an attempt to read through the file using the Input function until EOF returns True generates an error. Use the LOF and Loc functions instead of EOF when reading binary files with Input, or use Get when using the EOF function. With files opened for Output, EOF always returns True.

This example uses the EOF function to detect the end of a file. This example assumes that Testfile is a text file that contains several lines of text.

Dim TextLine As String 
' Open file.
FileOpen(1, "TESTFILE", OpenMode.Input)
' Loop until end of file. 
Do Until EOF(1)
    ' Read the line into a variable.
    TextLine = LineInput(1)
    ' Display the line in a message box.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 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

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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