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StreamReader.CurrentEncoding Property

Gets the current character encoding that the current StreamReader object is using.

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

public virtual Encoding CurrentEncoding { get; }
/** @property */
public Encoding get_CurrentEncoding ()

public function get CurrentEncoding () : Encoding

Property Value

The current character encoding used by the current reader. The value can be different after the first call to any Read method of StreamReader, since encoding autodetection is not done until the first call to a Read method.

For an example of using this property, see the Example section. The following table lists examples of other typical or related I/O tasks.

To do this...

See the example in this topic...

Create a text file.

How to: Write Text to a File

Write to a text file.

How to: Write Text to a File

Read from a text file.

How to: Read Text from a File

Append text to a file.

How to: Open and Append to a Log File

File.AppendText

FileInfo.AppendText

Get the size of a file.

FileInfo.Length

Get the attributes of a file.

File.GetAttributes

Set the attributes of a file.

File.SetAttributes

Determine if a file exists.

File.Exists

Read from a binary file.

How to: Read and Write to a Newly Created Data File

Write to a binary file.

How to: Read and Write to a Newly Created Data File

The following code example gets the encoding of the specified StreamReader object.

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

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

        try 
        {
            if (File.Exists(path)) 
            {
                File.Delete(path);
            }

            //Use an encoding other than the default (UTF8).
            using (StreamWriter sw = new StreamWriter(path, false, new UnicodeEncoding())) 
            {
                sw.WriteLine("This");
                sw.WriteLine("is some text");
                sw.WriteLine("to test");
                sw.WriteLine("Reading");
            }

            using (StreamReader sr = new StreamReader(path, true)) 
            {
                while (sr.Peek() >= 0) 
                {
                    Console.Write((char)sr.Read());
                }

                //Test for the encoding after reading, or at least
                //after the first read.
                Console.WriteLine("The encoding used was {0}.", sr.CurrentEncoding);
                Console.WriteLine();
            }
        } 
        catch (Exception e) 
        {
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString());
        }
    }
}

import System.*;
import System.IO.*;
import System.Text.*;

class Test
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        String path = "c:\\temp\\MyTest.txt";

        try {
            if (File.Exists(path)) {
                File.Delete(path);
            }
            //Use an encoding other than the default (UTF8).
            StreamWriter sw = new StreamWriter(path, false, 
                new UnicodeEncoding());
            try {
                sw.WriteLine("This");
                sw.WriteLine("is some text");
                sw.WriteLine("to test");
                sw.WriteLine("Reading");
            }
            finally {
                sw.Dispose();
            }
            StreamReader sr = new StreamReader(path, true);
            try {
                while (sr.Peek() >= 0) {
                    Console.Write((char)sr.Read());
                }
                //Test for the encoding after reading, or at least
                //after the first read.
                Console.WriteLine("The encoding used was {0}.", 
                    sr.get_CurrentEncoding());
                Console.WriteLine();
            }
            finally {
                sr.Dispose();
            }
        }
        catch (System.Exception e) {
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString());
        }
    } //main
} //Test

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, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0
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