Read char from file with DataInputStream

This is an example of how to read a char from a file with the DataInputStream. The DataInputStream lets an application read primitive Java data types from an underlying input stream in a machine-independent way. Reading a char from a file implies that you should:

  • Create a FileInputStream by opening a connection to an actual file, the file named by the path name name in the file system.
  • Create a DataInputStream with the FileInputStream.
  • Use readChar() API method. It reads two input bytes and returns a char value.

Let’s take a look at the code snippet that follows:

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.core;


public class ReadCharFromFileWithDataInputStream {
	public static void main(String[] args) {
		String filename = "input.txt";
		FileInputStream fis = null;
		DataInputStream dis = null;		

		try {
			fis = new FileInputStream(filename);

			dis = new DataInputStream(fis);

			char c = dis.readChar();
			System.out.println("Char read: " + c);
		catch (FileNotFoundException fe) {
			System.out.println("File not found: " + fe);
		catch (IOException ioe) {
			System.out.println("Error while reading file: " + ioe);
		finally {
			try {
				if (dis != null) {
				if (fis != null) {
			catch (Exception e) {
				System.out.println("Error while closing streams" + e);

This was an example of how to read a char from a file with the DataOutputStream in Java.

Ilias Tsagklis

Ilias is a software developer turned online entrepreneur. He is co-founder and Executive Editor at Java Code Geeks.
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