Stream.CopyToAsync Method (Stream)

.NET Framework (current version)

Asynchronously reads the bytes from the current stream and writes them to another stream.

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

[HostProtectionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, ExternalThreading = true)]
public Task CopyToAsync(
	Stream destination


Type: System.IO.Stream

The stream to which the contents of the current stream will be copied.

Return Value

Type: System.Threading.Tasks.Task

A task that represents the asynchronous copy operation.

Exception Condition

destination is null.


Either the current stream or the destination stream is disposed.


The current stream does not support reading, or the destination stream does not support writing.

The CopyToAsync method enables you to perform resource-intensive I/O operations without blocking the main thread. This performance consideration is particularly important in a Windows 8.x Store app or desktop app where a time-consuming stream operation can block the UI thread and make your app appear as if it is not working. The async methods are used in conjunction with the async and await keywords in Visual Basic and C#.

Copying begins at the current position in the current stream.

The following example demonstrates how to use two FileStream objects to asynchronously copy the files from one directory to another. The FileStream class derives from the Stream class. Notice that the Click event handler for the Button control is marked with the async modifier because it calls an asynchronous method

using System;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using System.Windows;
using System.IO;

namespace WpfApplication
    public partial class MainWindow : Window
        public MainWindow()

        private async void Button_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            string StartDirectory = @"c:\Users\exampleuser\start";
            string EndDirectory = @"c:\Users\exampleuser\end";

            foreach (string filename in Directory.EnumerateFiles(StartDirectory))
                using (FileStream SourceStream = File.Open(filename, FileMode.Open))
                    using (FileStream DestinationStream = File.Create(EndDirectory + filename.Substring(filename.LastIndexOf('\\'))))
                        await SourceStream.CopyToAsync(DestinationStream);

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 4.5
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 8.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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