StreamReader::Peek Method

Returns the next available character but does not consume it.

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

public:
virtual int Peek() override

Return Value

Type: System::Int32
An integer representing the next character to be read, or -1 if there are no characters to be read or if the stream does not support seeking.

ExceptionCondition
IOException

An I/O error occurs.

The Peek method returns an integer value in order to determine whether the end of the file, or another error has occurred. This allows a user to first check if the returned value is -1 before casting it to a Char type.

This method overrides TextReader::Peek.

The current position of the StreamReader object is not changed by Peek.

The following code example reads lines from a file until the end of the file is reached.

using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;

int main()
{
   String^ path = "c:\\temp\\MyTest.txt";
   try
   {
      if ( File::Exists( path ) )
      {
         File::Delete( path );
      }
      StreamWriter^ sw = gcnew StreamWriter( path );
      try
      {
         sw->WriteLine( "This" );
         sw->WriteLine( "is some text" );
         sw->WriteLine( "to test" );
         sw->WriteLine( "Reading" );
      }
      finally
      {
         delete sw;
      }

      StreamReader^ sr = gcnew StreamReader( path );
      try
      {
         while ( sr->Peek() > -1 )
         {
            Console::WriteLine( sr->ReadLine() );
         }
      }
      finally
      {
         delete sr;
      }
   }
   catch ( Exception^ e )
   {
      Console::WriteLine( "The process failed: {0}", e );
   }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, 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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