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Console.Read() – Read character inputs from Console using C#

Category: Programming Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015

Goal – Read character by character input from Console using C#

Namespaces used

System ( Console class is defined in the System namespace )

Classes used


Methods used

Console.Read() – Static method defined in the Console class

Brief description

Console.Read() method reads the next character entered by the user from the keyboard. It takes no arguments and returns the ASCII value of the key that is pressed by the user.


using System;    namespace ConsoleApplication1  {      class Program      {          public static void Main(string[] args)          {              int userInput = 0;              char keyPressed;                Console.Write("Press any key and then hit enter : ");              userInput = Console.Read();                keyPressed = (char)userInput;                Console.WriteLine("The ASCII value of the key pressed by you is : " + userInput);              Console.WriteLine("The key pressed by you is : " + keyPressed);          }      }  }


Console.Read() output
Explanation of the code

We have taken two variables in this program – one of the type int and the other of the type char. The int type variable is used to store the ASCII value of the key pressed which will be returned by the Console.Read() method. The char type variable is used to  typecaste the int value into char and then print the actual character pressed entered by the user. In the last two lines of code we have printed the int value of the key pressed as well as its character equivalent.

Special Remarks

Console.Read() method reads one character at a time whereas the Console.ReadLine() method reads one line at a time.

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