File.ReadAllLines File.ReadAllLines File.ReadAllLines File.ReadAllLines Method

Definition

Opens a text file, reads all lines of the file into a string array, and then closes the file.

Overloads

ReadAllLines(String) ReadAllLines(String) ReadAllLines(String) ReadAllLines(String)

Opens a text file, reads all lines of the file, and then closes the file.

ReadAllLines(String, Encoding) ReadAllLines(String, Encoding) ReadAllLines(String, Encoding)

Opens a file, reads all lines of the file with the specified encoding, and then closes the file.

ReadAllLines(String) ReadAllLines(String) ReadAllLines(String) ReadAllLines(String)

Opens a text file, reads all lines of the file, and then closes the file.

public:
 static cli::array <System::String ^> ^ ReadAllLines(System::String ^ path);
public static string[] ReadAllLines (string path);
static member ReadAllLines : string -> string[]
Public Shared Function ReadAllLines (path As String) As String()
Parameters
path
String String String String

The file to open for reading.

Returns
String[]

A string array containing all lines of the file.

Exceptions

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

The specified path, file name, or both exceed the system-defined maximum length.

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

An I/O error occurred while opening the file.

path specified a file that is read-only.

-or-

This operation is not supported on the current platform.

-or-

path specified a directory.

-or-

The caller does not have the required permission.

The caller does not have the required permission.

Examples

The following code example demonstrates the use of the ReadAllLines method to display the contents of a file. In this example a file is created, if it doesn't already exist, and text is added to it.

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.
            string[] createText = { "Hello", "And", "Welcome" };
            File.WriteAllLines(path, createText);
        }

        // This text is always added, making the file longer over time
        // if it is not deleted.
        string appendText = "This is extra text" + Environment.NewLine;
        File.AppendAllText(path, appendText);

        // Open the file to read from.
        string[] readText = File.ReadAllLines(path);
        foreach (string s in readText)
        {
            Console.WriteLine(s);
        }
    }
}
Imports System
Imports System.IO

Public Class Test
    Public Shared Sub Main()
        Dim path As String = "c:\temp\MyTest.txt"
        Dim sw As StreamWriter

        ' This text is added only once to the file.
        If File.Exists(path) = False Then

            ' Create a file to write to.
            Dim createText() As String = {"Hello", "And", "Welcome"}
            File.WriteAllLines(path, createText)
        End If

        ' This text is always added, making the file longer over time
        ' if it is not deleted.
        Dim appendText As String = "This is extra text" + Environment.NewLine
        File.AppendAllText(path, appendText)

        ' Open the file to read from.
        Dim readText() As String = File.ReadAllLines(path)
        Dim s As String
        For Each s In readText
            Console.WriteLine(s)
        Next
    End Sub
End Class

Remarks

This method opens a file, reads each line of the file, then adds each line as an element of a string array. It then closes the file. A line is defined as a sequence of characters followed by a carriage return ('\r'), a line feed ('\n'), or a carriage return immediately followed by a line feed. The resulting string does not contain the terminating carriage return and/or line feed.

This method attempts to automatically detect the encoding of a file based on the presence of byte order marks. Encoding formats UTF-8 and UTF-32 (both big-endian and little-endian) can be detected.

Security

FileIOPermission
for access to read from a file or directory. Associated enumeration: Read

ReadAllLines(String, Encoding) ReadAllLines(String, Encoding) ReadAllLines(String, Encoding)

Opens a file, reads all lines of the file with the specified encoding, and then closes the file.

public:
 static cli::array <System::String ^> ^ ReadAllLines(System::String ^ path, System::Text::Encoding ^ encoding);
public static string[] ReadAllLines (string path, System.Text.Encoding encoding);
static member ReadAllLines : string * System.Text.Encoding -> string[]
Parameters
path
String String String String

The file to open for reading.

encoding
Encoding Encoding Encoding Encoding

The encoding applied to the contents of the file.

Returns
String[]

A string array containing all lines of the file.

Exceptions

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

The specified path, file name, or both exceed the system-defined maximum length.

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

An I/O error occurred while opening the file.

path specified a file that is read-only.

-or-

This operation is not supported on the current platform.

-or-

path specified a directory.

-or-

The caller does not have the required permission.

The caller does not have the required permission.

Examples

The following code example demonstrates the use of the ReadAllLines method to display the contents of a file. In this example a file is created, if it doesn't already exist, and text is added to it.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Text;

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.
            string[] createText = { "Hello", "And", "Welcome" };
            File.WriteAllLines(path, createText, Encoding.UTF8);
        }

        // This text is always added, making the file longer over time
        // if it is not deleted.
        string appendText = "This is extra text" + Environment.NewLine;
        File.AppendAllText(path, appendText, Encoding.UTF8);

        // Open the file to read from.
        string[] readText = File.ReadAllLines(path, Encoding.UTF8);
        foreach (string s in readText)
        {
            Console.WriteLine(s);
        }
    }
}
Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Text

Public Class Test
    Public Shared Sub Main()
        Dim path As String = "c:\temp\MyTest.txt"
        Dim sw As StreamWriter

        ' This text is added only once to the file.
        If File.Exists(path) = False Then

            ' Create a file to write to.
            Dim createText() As String = {"Hello", "And", "Welcome"}
            File.WriteAllLines(path, createText, Encoding.UTF8)
        End If

        ' This text is always added, making the file longer over time
        ' if it is not deleted.
        Dim appendText As String = "This is extra text" + Environment.NewLine
        File.AppendAllText(path, appendText, Encoding.UTF8)

        ' Open the file to read from.
        Dim readText() As String = File.ReadAllLines(path, Encoding.UTF8)
        Dim s As String
        For Each s In readText
            Console.WriteLine(s)
        Next
    End Sub
End Class

Remarks

This method opens a file, reads each line of the file, and then adds each line as an element of a string array. It then closes the file. A line is defined as a sequence of characters followed by a carriage return ('\r'), a line feed ('\n'), or a carriage return immediately followed by a line feed. The resulting string does not contain the terminating carriage return and/or line feed.

This method attempts to automatically detect the encoding of a file based on the presence of byte order marks. Encoding formats UTF-8 and UTF-32 (both big-endian and little-endian) can be detected.

Security

FileIOPermission
for access to read from a file or directory. Associated enumeration: Read

Applies to