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BinaryReader.BaseStream Property

Exposes access to the underlying stream of the BinaryReader.

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

public virtual Stream BaseStream { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.IO.Stream
The underlying stream associated with the BinaryReader.

Caution noteCaution:

Using the underlying stream while reading or while using the BinaryReader can cause data loss and corruption. For example, the same bytes might be read more than once, bytes might be skipped, or character reading might become unpredictable.

For a list of common I/O tasks, see Common I/O Tasks.

The following code example shows how to read and write Double data to memory by using the BinaryReader and BinaryWriter classes on top of the MemoryStream class. MemoryStream only reads and writes Byte data.

using System;
using System.IO;

class BinaryRW
{
    static void Main()
    {
        int i;
        const int arrayLength = 1000;

        // Create random data to write to the stream.
        Random randomGenerator = new Random();
        double[] dataArray = new double[arrayLength];
        for(i = 0; i < arrayLength; i++)
        {
            dataArray[i] = 100.1 * randomGenerator.NextDouble();
        }

        using(BinaryWriter binWriter = 
            new BinaryWriter(new MemoryStream()))
        {
            // Write the data to the stream.
            Console.WriteLine("Writing data to the stream.");
            for(i = 0; i < arrayLength; i++)
            {
                binWriter.Write(dataArray[i]);
            }

            // Create a reader using the stream from the writer. 
            using(BinaryReader binReader = 
                new BinaryReader(binWriter.BaseStream))
            {
                try
                {
                    // Return to the beginning of the stream.
                    binReader.BaseStream.Position = 0;

                    // Read and verify the data.
                    Console.WriteLine("Verifying the written data.");
                    for(i = 0; i < arrayLength; i++)
                    {
                        if(binReader.ReadDouble() != dataArray[i])
                        {
                            Console.WriteLine("Error writing data.");
                            break;
                        }
                    }
                    Console.WriteLine("The data was written " +
                        "and verified.");
                }
                catch(EndOfStreamException e)
                {
                    Console.WriteLine("Error writing data: {0}.",
                        e.GetType().Name);
                }
            }
        }
    }
}

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

.NET Framework

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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