TextWriter creates text output. This C# class is used to implement other file classes in the base class library. You can also use it to implement lower-level file IO logic in your higher-level classes.
Example. First here we look at the TextWriter class, which we instantiate from the result of the File.CreateText static method in the System.IO namespace. The TextWriter class provides useful methods for writing lines and text to a file.
StreamWriter. The StreamWriter class actually inherits from the TextWriter class in the base class library. The TextWriter class is an abstract base class, which means it provides functionality for StreamWriter.
Note Microsoft states that StreamWriter represents writing in a particular encoding.
And For this reason, unless you have specialized encoding requirements, StreamWriter is more appropriate because it manages the encoding.
C# program that uses TextWriter
static void Main()
// Create a new TextWriter in the resource acquisition statement.
//using (TextWriter writer = File.CreateText("C:\\perl.txt"))
// Write one line.
// Write two strings.
// Write the default newline.
Summary. We looked at the TextWriter class and related it to the StreamWriter class by noting that it is used as a base class. The TextWriter class is lower-level than StreamWriter because it does not handle encodings automatically.
But It is still useful in many cases when you have specific encoding requirements or always want to use ASCII encoding.