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Encoding Property
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StreamWriter.Encoding Property

Gets the Encoding in which the output is written.

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

public override Encoding Encoding { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Text.Encoding
The Encoding specified in the constructor for the current instance, or UTF8Encoding if an encoding was not specified.

This property is necessary for some XML scenarios where a header must be written containing the encoding used by the StreamWriter. This allows the XML code to consume an arbitrary StreamWriter and generate the correct XML header.

For a list of common I/O tasks, see Common I/O Tasks.

The following example retrieves the encoding of the specified StreamWriter instance.

// Write out the current text encoding
sw.WriteLine("Encoding: {0}",
    sw.Encoding.ToString());

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

.NET for Windows Phone apps

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

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library
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