FileReader class


                  see Reader class for descriptions of the methods FileReader uses.  They are:


.mark( readAheadLimit )  Mark the present position in the stream.

.markSupported( ) Tell whether this stream supports the mark(...) operation.

.read( )  Read a single character, returning it in the low end two bytes of an int.

.read( char[ ] )  Read characters into a char array.

.read( char[ ], offset, len)  Read characters into a portion of a char array.

.ready( ) Tell whether this stream is ready to be read.

.reset( )  Reset the stream.

.skip( n )  Skip over n characters in the stream.

.close( ) Close the stream.


  FileReader is a class for directly reading files containing text which is default Unicode characters.  Because ASCII parallels the default UTF-8 encoding, it can also read ASCII text files.



  FileReader extends InputStreamReader, from Reader, so all nine Reader methods are available.  FileReader adds no additional methods.

See  Reader class  for the methods.



  FileReader's constructors accept either a String of the source filename or a File object representing it.  i.e. The three variations shown below all work:


File f = new File( "mycharfile" );

FileReader fr = new FileReader( f );


FileReader fr = new FileReader( new File( "mycharfile" ));


FileReader fr = new FileReader( "mycharfile" );


  You cannot use mark( ) or reset( ) with FileReader as they are not supported for this stream.



  You cannot correctly read the contents of non-UTF-16 files with FileReader.  That's because you cannot change Java's Unicode's UTF-16 default character encoding using FileReader's constructors.  These constructors do not have a provision for specifying the CharSet of the input file. To specify another CharSet yourself, so that you can correctly read the characters of a non-UTF-16 file, chain an InputStreamReader which specifies the necessary CharSet to a FileInputStream.    See   InputStreamReader class  for an example.



  The FileReader snippet below simply reads and prints the contents of a character file. Note the printing will be distorted, as it will show both 8-bit halves of each 16-bit character.  The beginning fr declaration statement is outside the try block for scope purposes, so that the object handle fr can be referenced later by the fr.close( ); statement.


FileReader fr = null;

 try {

 fr = new FileReader( new File( "mycharfile" ));

 int c; 

     while (( c = )) != -1 ) {

       System.out.print( String.valueOf( (char) c) );



catch (IOException ex) { }

finally {

    try {

         if ( fr != null ) {

             fr.close( );                


    } catch (IOException ex) { }





  Here is a FileReader sample program which reads and counts the characters in a file.  It rethrows IOException and thus contains no try-catch I/O error checking.



public class FileReaderDemo {

    public static void main( String[ ] args ) throws IOException {

        FileReader fr = new FileReader( "mycharfile" );

        int x = 0;

        while ( ) != -1 ) {



        System.out.println( "The file contains " + x + "characters." );