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Console.OutputEncoding Property

Gets or sets the encoding the console uses to write output.

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

public static Encoding OutputEncoding { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Text.Encoding
The encoding used to write console output.


The property value in a set operation is null.


This property's set operation is not supported on Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Millennium Edition.


An error occurred during the execution of this operation.


Your application does not have permission to perform this operation.

The console uses the output encoding to translate characters written by an application into corresponding console display characters. The output encoding incorporates a code page that maps 256 characters to individual console display characters. Different code pages include different special characters, typically customized for a language or a group of languages.

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

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