MessageQueue.CanRead Property


Gets a value that indicates whether the MessageQueue can be read.

Namespace:   System.Messaging
Assembly:  System.Messaging (in System.Messaging.dll)

public bool CanRead { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean

true if the MessageQueue exists and the application can read from it; otherwise, false.

CanRead indicates whether the application is able to peek or receive messages from the queue. If CanRead is true, the MessageQueue can receive or peek messages from the queue. Otherwise, it cannot.

CanRead is false if a queue is already open with exclusive read access (or if it's open with non-exclusive access and this MessageQueue requests exclusive access), or if the application does not have sufficient rights to access it. If your application tries to read from a queue when CanRead is false, access is denied.

The following table shows whether this property is available in various Workgroup modes.

Workgroup mode


Local computer


Local computer and direct format name


Remote computer


Remote computer and direct format name


The following code example displays the value of a message queue's CanRead property.

// Display the value of the queue's CanRead property.
Console.WriteLine("MessageQueue.CanRead: {0}", queue.CanRead);

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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