TextReader.ReadLine Method

Reads a line of characters from the current stream and returns the data as a string.

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

public virtual string ReadLine ()
public String ReadLine ()
public function ReadLine () : String
Not applicable.

Return Value

The next line from the input stream, or a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) if all characters have been read.

Exception typeCondition


An I/O error occurs.


There is insufficient memory to allocate a buffer for the returned string.


The TextReader is closed.


The number of characters in the next line is larger than MaxValue

A line is defined as a sequence of characters followed by a carriage return (0x000d), a line feed (0x000a), a carriage return followed by a line feed, Environment.NewLine, or the end of stream marker. The string that is returned does not contain the terminating carriage return and/or line feed. The returned value is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) if the end of the input stream has been reached.

If the current method throws an OutOfMemoryException, the reader's position in the underlying Stream is advanced by the number of characters the method was able to read, but the characters already read into the internal ReadLine buffer are discarded. Since the position of the reader in the stream cannot be changed, the characters already read are unrecoverable, and can be accessed only by reinitializing the TextReader. If the initial position within the stream is unknown or the stream does not support seeking, the underlying Stream also needs to be reinitialized.

To avoid such a situation and produce robust code you should use the Read method and store the read characters in a preallocated buffer.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0