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StreamReader.Read Method

Updated: December 2010

Reads the next character from the input stream and advances the character position by one character.

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

public override int Read()

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The next character from the input stream represented as an Int32 object, or -1 if no more characters are available.

ExceptionCondition
IOException

An I/O error occurs.

This method overrides Read.

This method returns an integer so that it can return -1 if the end of the stream has been reached. If you manipulate the position of the underlying stream after reading data into the buffer, the position of the underlying stream might not match the position of the internal buffer. To reset the internal buffer, call the DiscardBufferedData method; however, this method slows performance and should be called only when absolutely necessary.

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

The following code example demonstrates a simple use of the Read method.

using System;
using System.IO;

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

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

            using (StreamWriter sw = new StreamWriter(path)) 
            {
                sw.WriteLine("This");
                sw.WriteLine("is some text");
                sw.WriteLine("to test");
                sw.WriteLine("Reading");
            }

            using (StreamReader sr = new StreamReader(path)) 
            {
                while (sr.Peek() >= 0) 
                {
                    Console.Write((char)sr.Read());
                }
            }
        } 
        catch (Exception e) 
        {
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString());
        }
    }
}

The following code example demonstrates reading a single character using the Read() method overload, formatting the ASCII integer output as decimal and hexadecimal.

using System;
using System.IO;

class StrmRdrRead
{
public static void Main()
    {
    //Create a FileInfo instance representing an existing text file.
    FileInfo MyFile=new FileInfo(@"c:\csc.txt");
    //Instantiate a StreamReader to read from the text file.
    StreamReader sr=MyFile.OpenText();
    //Read a single character. 
    int FirstChar=sr.Read();
    //Display the ASCII number of the character read in both decimal and hexadecimal format.
    Console.WriteLine("The ASCII number of the first character read is {0:D} in decimal and {1:X} in hexadecimal.",
        FirstChar, FirstChar);
    //
    sr.Close();
    }
}

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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

Date

History

Reason

December 2010

Added information about calling DiscardBufferedData.

Information enhancement.

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