C# Console Application - How to convert a number in a text file to an integer with ReadAllLines? RRS feed

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  • I have a lot of text files with one number in each of them. I attached one of the files (which is named "Balance.txt") to a string called "loginBalancePath" and then I created the variable "readLoginBalance" and used the following code:
    var readLoginBalance = File.ReadAllLines(loginBalancePath);

    There is a number in the file so the thing I wanted to do is to convert the number that is in the file to an integer so I'll be able to use it in some kind of a bank account management and math exercises. Does that even possible? And if it does, what do I need to write?
    Wednesday, May 2, 2018 1:25 PM


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  • var readLoginBalance = File.ReadAllLines(loginBalancePath);
    int Balance;

    if (int.TryParse(readLoginBalance[0], out Balance)) { Console.WriteLine(Balance); } else { Console.WriteLine("Balance Conversion to Int Failed."); }


    • Edited by Vikram Manjare Wednesday, May 2, 2018 1:41 PM
    • Marked as answer by yuvalmus Wednesday, May 2, 2018 3:09 PM
    Wednesday, May 2, 2018 1:40 PM
  • Hello,

    I would do your work in a class as follows. Note the TryParse uses C# 7 out var feature.

    public partial class Form1 : Form
        public Form1()
        private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
            var ops = new Operations();
            var values = ops.GetData();
            values.ForEach(item => Console.WriteLine(item));
    public class Operations
        public List<int> GetData()
            List<int> results = new List<int>();
            var files = Directory.GetFiles(AppDomain.CurrentDomain.BaseDirectory,"*.txt");
            var fileData = "";
            foreach (var file in files)
                fileData = File.ReadAllText(file).Trim();
                if (int.TryParse(fileData, out var value))
            return results;

    Depending on how many files there are consider using async if there are a lot of files to keep the app responsive.

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    Wednesday, May 2, 2018 1:56 PM
  • If the file contains a single line and that single line contains a number then ReadAllLines is overkill. Just use ReadAllText.

    //You mention money so you should be using a decimal, not int
    if (Decimal.TryParse(File.ReadAllText(loginBalancePath), out decimal balance))
       //balance has the value

    Michael Taylor

    Wednesday, May 2, 2018 1:59 PM