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ResourceReader Class

Enumerates .resources files and streams, reading sequential resource name and value pairs.

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

public sealed class ResourceReader : IResourceReader, 
	IEnumerable, IDisposable

The ResourceReader provides a default implementation of the IResourceReader interface.

You can use resource readers to read resource name and resource value pairs from .resources files. The resources can be enumerated by traversing the IDictionaryEnumerator returned by the GetEnumerator method. The methods provided by the IDictionaryEnumerator are used to advance to the next resource and read the name and value of each resource in the .resources file.


IEnumerable.GetEnumerator returns an IEnumerator object, not an IDictionaryEnumerator object.

The following code sample displays the content of "myResources.resources" files on the console:

using System;
using System.Resources;
using System.Collections;

public class ReadResources {

   public static void Main(string[] args) {

      // Opens a resource reader and gets an enumerator from it.
      IResourceReader reader = new ResourceReader("myResources.resources");
      IDictionaryEnumerator en = reader.GetEnumerator();

      // Goes through the enumerator, printing out the key and value pairs. 
      while (en.MoveNext()) {
         Console.WriteLine("Name: {0}", en.Key);
         Console.WriteLine("Value: {0}", en.Value);


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0