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File.AppendText Method

Creates a StreamWriter that appends UTF-8 encoded text to an existing file.

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

public static StreamWriter AppendText(
	string path


Type: System.String

The path to the file to append to.

Return Value

Type: System.IO.StreamWriter
A StreamWriter that appends UTF-8 encoded text to an existing file.


The caller does not have the required permission.


destFileName is read-only.


path is a zero-length string, contains only white space, or contains one or more invalid characters as defined by InvalidPathChars.


path is null.


The specified path, file name, or both exceed the system-defined maximum length. For example, on Windows-based platforms, paths must be less than 248 characters, and file names must be less than 260 characters.


The specified path is invalid (for example, it is on an unmapped drive).


path is in an invalid format.

This method is equivalent to the StreamWriter(String, Boolean) constructor overload. If the file specified by path does not exist, it is created. If the file does exist, write operations to the StreamWriter append text to the file. Additional threads are permitted to read the file while it is open.

The path parameter is permitted to specify relative or absolute path information. Relative path information is interpreted as relative to the current working directory. To obtain the current working directory, see GetCurrentDirectory.

The path parameter is not case-sensitive.

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

The following example appends text to a file.

using System;
using System.IO;

class Test 
    public static void Main() 
        string path = @"c:\temp\MyTest.txt";
        // This text is added only once to the file. 
        if (!File.Exists(path)) 
            // Create a file to write to. 
            using (StreamWriter sw = File.CreateText(path)) 

        // This text is always added, making the file longer over time 
        // if it is not deleted. 
        using (StreamWriter sw = File.AppendText(path)) 
            sw.WriteLine("is Extra");

        // Open the file to read from. 
        using (StreamReader sr = File.OpenText(path)) 
            string s = "";
            while ((s = sr.ReadLine()) != null) 

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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
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