InputEncoding Property

Console.InputEncoding Property


Gets or sets the encoding the console uses to read input.

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

public static Encoding InputEncoding { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Text.Encoding

The encoding used to read console input.

Exception Condition

The property value in a set operation is null.


An error occurred during the execution of this operation.


Your application does not have permission to perform this operation.

The console uses the input encoding to translate keyboard input into a corresponding character. The input encoding incorporates a code page that maps 256 keyboard character codes to individual characters. Different code pages include different special characters, typically customized for a language or a group of languages.

Starting with the .NET Framework 4, a property get operation may return a cached value instead of the console's current input encoding. This can occur if the value of the InputEncoding property is modified by some means other than an assignment to the InputEncoding property, such as calling the Windows SetConsoleCP function or using the chcp command from a PowerShell script.


for reading and writing to top-level windows and subwindows. Associated enumeration: UIPermissionWindow.SafeTopLevelWindows

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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