File.ReadAllText File.ReadAllText File.ReadAllText File.ReadAllText Method

Definition

Opens a text file, reads all the text in the file into a string, and then closes the file.

Overloads

ReadAllText(String, Encoding) ReadAllText(String, Encoding) ReadAllText(String, Encoding)

Opens a file, reads all text in the file with the specified encoding, and then closes the file.

ReadAllText(String) ReadAllText(String) ReadAllText(String) ReadAllText(String)

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

ReadAllText(String, Encoding) ReadAllText(String, Encoding) ReadAllText(String, Encoding)

Opens a file, reads all text in the file with the specified encoding, and then closes the file.

public:
 static System::String ^ ReadAllText(System::String ^ path, System::Text::Encoding ^ encoding);
public static string ReadAllText (string path, System.Text.Encoding encoding);
static member ReadAllText : 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

A string containing all text in 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 ReadAllText 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" + Environment.NewLine;
            File.WriteAllText(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.ReadAllText(path);
        Console.WriteLine(readText);
    }
}
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" + Environment.NewLine
            File.WriteAllText(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.ReadAllText(path)
        Console.WriteLine(readText)
    End Sub
End Class

Remarks

This method opens a file, reads all the text in the file, and returns it as a string. It then closes the file.

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.

The file handle is guaranteed to be closed by this method, even if exceptions are raised.

To use the encoding settings as configured for your operating system, specify the Encoding.Default property for the encoding parameter.

Security

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

See also

ReadAllText(String) ReadAllText(String) ReadAllText(String) ReadAllText(String)

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

public:
 static System::String ^ ReadAllText(System::String ^ path);
public static string ReadAllText (string path);
static member ReadAllText : string -> string
Public Shared Function ReadAllText (path As String) As String

Parameters

path
String String String String

The file to open for reading.

Returns

A string containing all the text in 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 ReadAllText 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" + Environment.NewLine;
            File.WriteAllText(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.ReadAllText(path);
        Console.WriteLine(readText);
    }
}
Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Text

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

        ' 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" + Environment.NewLine
            File.WriteAllText(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.ReadAllText(path)
        Console.WriteLine(readText)
    End Sub
End Class

Remarks

This method opens a file, reads all the text in the file, and returns it as a string. It then closes the file.

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.

Use the ReadAllText(String, Encoding) method overload when reading files that might contain imported text, because unrecognized characters may not be read correctly.

The file handle is guaranteed to be closed by this method, even if exceptions are raised.

Security

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

See also

Applies to