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ReadAsync Method

StreamReader.ReadAsync Method

.NET Framework 4.6 and 4.5

Reads a specified maximum number of characters from the current stream asynchronously and writes the data to a buffer, beginning at the specified index.

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

[HostProtectionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, ExternalThreading = true)]
public override Task<int> ReadAsync(
	char[] buffer,
	int index,
	int count


Type: System.Char[]

When this method returns, contains the specified character array with the values between index and (index + count - 1) replaced by the characters read from the current source.

Type: System.Int32

The position in buffer at which to begin writing.

Type: System.Int32

The maximum number of characters to read. If the end of the stream is reached before the specified number of characters is written into the buffer, the current method returns.

Return Value

Type: System.Threading.Tasks.Task<Int32>
A task that represents the asynchronous read operation. The value of the TResult parameter contains the total number of bytes read into the buffer. The result value can be less than the number of bytes requested if the number of bytes currently available is less than the requested number, or it can be 0 (zero) if the end of the stream has been reached.


buffer is null.


index or count is negative.


The sum of index and count is larger than the buffer length.


The stream has been disposed.


The reader is currently in use by a previous read operation.

The task completes after either the number of characters specified by the count parameter are read or the end of the stream is reached.


The HostProtectionAttribute attribute applied to this type or member has the following Resources property value: ExternalThreading. The HostProtectionAttribute does not affect desktop applications (which are typically started by double-clicking an icon, typing a command, or entering a URL in a browser). For more information, see the HostProtectionAttribute class or SQL Server Programming and Host Protection Attributes.

The following example shows how to read all the characters in a file by using the ReadAsync(Char[], Int32, Int32) method. It checks whether each character is a letter, digit, or white space before adding the character to an instance of the StringBuilder class.

using System;
using System.Windows;
using System.IO;
using System.Text;

namespace WpfApplication
    public partial class MainWindow : Window
        public MainWindow()

        private async void Button_Click_1(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            string filename = @"C:\Example\existingfile.txt";
            char[] result;
            StringBuilder builder = new StringBuilder();

            using (StreamReader reader = File.OpenText(filename))
                result = new char[reader.BaseStream.Length];
                await reader.ReadAsync(result, 0, (int)reader.BaseStream.Length);

            foreach (char c in result)
                if (char.IsLetterOrDigit(c) || char.IsWhiteSpace(c))
            FileOutput.Text = builder.ToString();

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8
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