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StreamReader.Read Method

Reads the next character from the input stream and advances the character position by one character.

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

public override int Read()

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The next character from the input stream represented as an Int32 object, or -1 if no more characters are available.

ExceptionCondition
IOException

An I/O error occurs.

This method overrides TextReader.Read.

This method returns an integer so that it can return -1 if the end of the stream has been reached. If you manipulate the position of the underlying stream after reading data into the buffer, the position of the underlying stream might not match the position of the internal buffer. To reset the internal buffer, call the DiscardBufferedData method; however, this method slows performance and should be called only when absolutely necessary.

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

The following code example demonstrates a simple use of the Read method.

using System;
using System.IO;

class Test 
{
	
    public static void Main() 
    {
        string path = @"c:\temp\MyTest.txt";

        try 
        {
            if (File.Exists(path)) 
            {
                File.Delete(path);
            }

            using (StreamWriter sw = new StreamWriter(path)) 
            {
                sw.WriteLine("This");
                sw.WriteLine("is some text");
                sw.WriteLine("to test");
                sw.WriteLine("Reading");
            }

            using (StreamReader sr = new StreamReader(path)) 
            {
                while (sr.Peek() >= 0) 
                {
                    Console.Write((char)sr.Read());
                }
            }
        } 
        catch (Exception e) 
        {
            Console.WriteLine("The process failed: {0}", e.ToString());
        }
    }
}

The following code example demonstrates reading a single character using the Read() method overload, formatting the ASCII integer output as decimal and hexadecimal.

using System;
using System.IO;

class StrmRdrRead
{
public static void Main()
    {
    //Create a FileInfo instance representing an existing text file.
    FileInfo MyFile=new FileInfo(@"c:\csc.txt");
    //Instantiate a StreamReader to read from the text file.
    StreamReader sr=MyFile.OpenText();
    //Read a single character. 
    int FirstChar=sr.Read();
    //Display the ASCII number of the character read in both decimal and hexadecimal format.
    Console.WriteLine("The ASCII number of the first character read is {0:D} in decimal and {1:X} in hexadecimal.",
        FirstChar, FirstChar);
    //
    sr.Close();
    }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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

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