FileStream.IsAsync Property


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Gets a value indicating whether the FileStream was opened asynchronously or synchronously.

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

public virtual bool IsAsync { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean

true if the FileStream was opened asynchronously; otherwise, false.

The IsAsync property detects whether the FileStream handle was opened asynchronously, enabling your code to use the Handle property correctly. In Win32, IsAsync being true means the handle was opened for overlapped I/O, and thus requires different parameters to ReadFile and WriteFile.

You specify this value when you create an instance of the FileStream class using a constructor that has an isAsync, useAsync, or options parameter. When the property is true, the stream utilizes overlapped I/O to perform file operations asynchronously. However, the IsAsync property does not have to be true to call the ReadAsync, WriteAsync, or CopyToAsync method. When the IsAsync property is false and you call the asynchronous read and write operations, the UI thread is still not blocked, but the actual I/O operation is performed synchronously.


These operating systems do not support asynchronous I/O. If code for these platforms requests that files be opened asynchronously, the common language runtime will open them synchronously instead.

This code example is part of a larger example provided for the FileStream(String, FileMode, FileAccess, FileShare, Int32, Boolean) constructor.

static void Main()
    // Create a synchronization object that gets 
    // signaled when verification is complete.
    ManualResetEvent manualEvent = new ManualResetEvent(false);

    // Create random data to write to the file.
    byte[] writeArray = new byte[100000];
    new Random().NextBytes(writeArray);

    FileStream fStream = 
        new FileStream("Test#@@#.dat", FileMode.Create, 
        FileAccess.ReadWrite, FileShare.None, 4096, true);

    // Check that the FileStream was opened asynchronously.
    Console.WriteLine("fStream was {0}opened asynchronously.",
        fStream.IsAsync ? "" : "not ");

    // Asynchronously write to the file.
    IAsyncResult asyncResult = fStream.BeginWrite(
        writeArray, 0, writeArray.Length, 
        new AsyncCallback(EndWriteCallback), 
        new State(fStream, writeArray, manualEvent));

    // Concurrently do other work and then wait 
    // for the data to be written and verified.
    manualEvent.WaitOne(5000, false);

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 10
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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