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How to: Read and Write to Files in Isolated Storage

There are a number of ways to open a file within a store using the IsolatedStorageFileStream class. Once an IsolatedStorageFileStream has been obtained, it can be used to get a StreamReader or StreamWriter. With the StreamReader and StreamWriter, you can read and write to a file in a store as you would to any other file. For a wider discussion of reading and writing to a file, see File and Stream I/O.

The following code example obtains an isolated store, creates a file named TestStore.txt, and writes "Hello Isolated Storage" to the file. The code then reads the file and prints the results to the console.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.IO.IsolatedStorage;

public class ReadingAndWritingToFiles
    public static int Main()
        // Get an isolated store for this assembly and put it into an
        // IsolatedStoreFile object.
        IsolatedStorageFile isoStore = IsolatedStorageFile.GetStore(IsolatedStorageScope.User |
            IsolatedStorageScope.Assembly, null, null);

        // This code checks to see if the file already exists.

        string[] fileNames = isoStore.GetFileNames("TestStore.txt");
        foreach (string file in fileNames)
            if (file == "TestStore.txt")
                Console.WriteLine("The file already exists!");
                Console.Write("Type \"StoreAdm /REMOVE\" at the command line to delete all ");
                Console.WriteLine("Isolated Storage for this user.");

                // Exit the program.
                return 0;


        Console.WriteLine("The file \"TestStore.txt\" contains:");

        // Call the readFromFile and write the returned string to the

        // Exit the program.
        return 0;
    } // End of main.

    // This method writes "Hello Isolated Storage" to the file.
    private static void writeToFile(IsolatedStorageFile isoStore)
        // Declare a new StreamWriter.
        StreamWriter writer = null;

        // Assign the writer to the store and the file TestStore.
        writer = new StreamWriter(new IsolatedStorageFileStream(
            "TestStore.txt", FileMode.CreateNew, isoStore));

        // Have the writer write "Hello Isolated Storage" to the store.
        writer.WriteLine("Hello Isolated Storage");


        Console.WriteLine("You have written to the file.");

    } // End of writeToFile.

    // This method reads the first line in the "TestStore.txt" file.
    private static string readFromFile(IsolatedStorageFile isoStore)
        // This code opens the TestStore.txt file and reads the string.
        StreamReader reader = new StreamReader(new IsolatedStorageFileStream(
            "TestStore.txt", FileMode.Open, isoStore));

        // Read a line from the file and add it to sb.
        String sb = reader.ReadLine();

        // Close the reader.

        // Return the string.
        return sb.ToString();

    } // End of readFromFile.