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How to: Read a Text File 

The following code example demonstrates how to open and read a text file one line at a time. This is accomplished with the StreamReader class defined within the System.IO namespace. An instance of this class is used to open a text file and then the System.IO.StreamReader.ReadLine method is used to retrieve each line.

This code can be used with any file named textfile.txt that contains text or with the file generated in How to: Write a Text File.


// text_read.cpp
// compile with: /clr
using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;

int main()
   String^ fileName = "textfile.txt";
      Console::WriteLine("trying to open file {0}...", fileName);
      StreamReader^ din = File::OpenText(fileName);

      String^ str;
      int count = 0;
      while ((str = din->ReadLine()) != nullptr) 
         Console::WriteLine("line {0}: {1}", count, str );
   catch (Exception^ e)
      if (dynamic_cast<FileNotFoundException^>(e))
         Console::WriteLine("file '{0}' not found", fileName);
         Console::WriteLine("problem reading file '{0}'", fileName);

   return 0;

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