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August 1, 2007

Writing utf-8 File with and without Preamble in C#

Here’s how to control whether or not the utf-8 preamble is included in your file I/O when writing strings to a file (in C#):

    string s = "This is a test éééé";
    // Write a string as utf-8 to a file without the 3-byte utf-8 preamble.
    System.Text.Encoding utf8EncoderNoBOM = new System.Text.UTF8Encoding(false);
    bool appendMode = false;	// This overwrites the entire file.
    StreamWriter sw = new StreamWriter("out_utf8_noPreamble.txt",
    // Write the file with the utf-8 preamble:
    StreamWriter sw2 = new StreamWriter("out_utf8_withPreamble.txt",
        appendMode, System.Text.Encoding.UTF8);

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