Implements a TextWriter for writing characters to a stream in a particular encoding.
For a list of all members of this type, see StreamWriter Members.
[Visual Basic] <Serializable> Public Class StreamWriter Inherits TextWriter [C#] [Serializable] public class StreamWriter : TextWriter [C++] [Serializable] public __gc class StreamWriter : public TextWriter [JScript] public Serializable class StreamWriter extends TextWriter
Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.
StreamWriter is designed for character output in a particular Encoding, whereas classes derived from Stream are designed for byte input and output.
StreamWriter defaults to using an instance of UTF8Encoding unless specified otherwise. This instance of UTF8Encoding is constructed such that the Encoding.GetPreamble method returns the Unicode byte order mark written in UTF-8. The preamble of the encoding is added to a stream when you are not appending to an existing stream. This means any text file you create with StreamWriter will have three byte order marks at its beginning. UTF-8 handles all Unicode characters correctly and gives consistent results on localized versions of the operating system.
By default, a StreamWriter is not thread safe. See TextWriter.Synchronized for a thread-safe wrapper.
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.||Writing Text to a File|
|Write to a text file.||Writing Text to a File|
|Read from a text file.||Reading Text from a File|
|Append text to a file.||Opening and Appending to a Log File|
|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.||Reading and Writing to a Newly Created Data File|
|Write to a binary file.||Reading and Writing to a Newly Created Data File|
Platforms: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family, .NET Compact Framework
Assembly: Mscorlib (in Mscorlib.dll)
StreamWriter Members | System.IO Namespace | Stream | StreamReader | Encoder | Encoding | Working with I/O | Reading Text from a File | Writing Text to a File | Basic File I/O | Reading and Writing to a Newly Created Data File