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Console.Error Property

Gets the standard error output stream.

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

public static TextWriter Error { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.IO.TextWriter
A TextWriter that represents the standard error output stream.

This property is set to the standard error stream by default. This property can be set to another stream with the SetError method.

The following code example illustrates the use of the Error property.

public class ExpandTabs {
    private const int tabSize = 4;
    private const string usageText = "Usage: EXPANDTABSEX inputfile.txt outputfile.txt";
    public static int Main(string[] args) {
        StreamWriter writer = null;
        TextWriter standardOutput = Console.Out;

        if (args.Length < 2) {
            return 1;

        try {
            writer = new StreamWriter(args[1]);
            Console.SetIn(new StreamReader(args[0]));
        catch(IOException e) {
            TextWriter errorWriter = Console.Error;
            return 1;            
        int i;
        while ((i = Console.Read()) != -1) {
            char c = (char)i;
            if (c == '\t')
                Console.Write(("").PadRight(tabSize, ' '));
        // Recover the standard output stream so that a  
        // completion message can be displayed.
        Console.WriteLine("EXPANDTABSEX has completed the processing of {0}.", args[0]);
        return 0;

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

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0