BinaryReader.ReadChars Method

Reads count characters from the current stream, returns the data in a character array, and advances the current position in accordance with the Encoding used and the specific character being read from the stream.

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


<SecuritySafeCriticalAttribute> _
Public Overridable Function ReadChars ( _
    count As Integer _
) As Char()
public virtual char[] ReadChars(
    int count


  • count
    Type: System.Int32
    The number of characters to read.

Return Value

Type: array<System.Char[]
A character array containing data read from the underlying stream. This might be less than the number of characters requested if the end of the stream is reached.


Exception Condition

The stream is closed.


An I/O error occurs.


count is negative.

Version Information


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0


For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.