FileInfo.AppendText Method

Creates a StreamWriter that appends text to the file represented by this instance of the FileInfo.

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

'Declaration
Public Function AppendText As StreamWriter
'Usage
Dim instance As FileInfo
Dim returnValue As StreamWriter

returnValue = instance.AppendText
public StreamWriter AppendText ()
public function AppendText () : StreamWriter

Return Value

A new StreamWriter.

The following table lists examples of other typical or related I/O tasks.

To do this...

See the example in this topic...

Create a text file.

How to: Write Text to a File

Write to a text file.

How to: Write Text to a File

Read from a text file.

How to: Read Text from a File

The following example appends text to a file and reads from the file.

Imports System
Imports System.IO

Public Class Test

    Public Shared Sub Main()
        Dim fi As FileInfo = New FileInfo("c:\temp\MyTest.txt")
        Dim sw As StreamWriter

        ' This text is added only once to the file.
        If fi.Exists = False Then
            'Create a file to write to.
            sw = fi.CreateText()
            sw.WriteLine("Hello")
            sw.WriteLine("And")
            sw.WriteLine("Welcome")
            sw.Flush()
            sw.Close()
        End If

        ' This text will always be added, making the file longer over time
        ' if it is not deleted.
        sw = fi.AppendText()

        sw.WriteLine("This")
        sw.WriteLine("is Extra")
        sw.WriteLine("Text")
        sw.Flush()
        sw.Close()

        'Open the file to read from.
        Dim sr As StreamReader = fi.OpenText()
        Dim s As String
        Do While sr.Peek() >= 0
            s = sr.ReadLine()
            Console.WriteLine(s)
        Loop
        sr.Close()
    End Sub
End Class

import System.*;
import System.IO.*;

class Test
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        FileInfo fi = new FileInfo("c:\\temp\\MyTest.txt");

        // This text is added only once to the file.
        if (!(fi.get_Exists())) {
            //Create a file to write to.
            StreamWriter sw = fi.CreateText();
            try {
                sw.WriteLine("Hello");
                sw.WriteLine("And");
                sw.WriteLine("Welcome");
            }
            finally {
                sw.Dispose();
            }
        }

        // This text will always be added, making the file longer over time
        // if it is not deleted.
        StreamWriter sw = fi.AppendText();
        try {
            sw.WriteLine("This");
            sw.WriteLine("is Extra");
            sw.WriteLine("Text");
        }
        finally {
            sw.Dispose();
        }

        //Open the file to read from.
        StreamReader sr = fi.OpenText();
        try {
            String s = "";
            while ((s = sr.ReadLine()) != null) {
                Console.WriteLine(s);
            }
        }
        finally {
            sr.Dispose();
        }
    } //main
} //Test

The following example demonstrates appending text to the end of a file and also displays the result of the append operation to the console. The first time this routine is called, the file is created if it does not exist. After that, the specified text is appended to the file.

Imports System
Imports System.IO

Public Class AppendTextTest
    Public Shared Sub Main()
        Dim fi As New FileInfo("temp.txt")
        Dim sw As StreamWriter = fi.AppendText()
        ' Create a reference to a file, which might or might not exist.
        ' If it does not exist, it is not yet created.
        ' Create a writer, ready to add entries to the file.
        sw.WriteLine("Add as many lines as you like...")
        sw.WriteLine("Add another line to the output...")
        sw.Flush()
        sw.Close()
        Dim sr As New StreamReader(fi.OpenRead())
        ' Get the information out of the file and display it.
        ' Remember that the file might have other lines if it already existed.
        While sr.Peek() <> -1
            Console.WriteLine(sr.ReadLine())
        End While
    End Sub 'Main
End Class 'AppendTextTest

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The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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