The class is a convenience class for reading character files.Following are the important points about FileReader:

  • The constructors of this class assume that the default character encoding and the default byte-buffer size are appropriate.

  • FileReader is meant for reading streams of characters. For reading streams of raw bytes, use FileInputStream.

Class declaration

Following is the declaration for class:

public class FileReader
   extends InputStreamReader


Following are the fields for class:

  • protected Object lock -- This is the object used to synchronize operations on this stream.

Class constructors

S.N.Constructor & Description
1FileReader(File file)
This creates a new FileReader, given the File to read from.
2FileReader(FileDescriptor file)
This creates a new FileReader, given the FileDescriptor to read from.
3FileReader(String fileName)
This creates a new FileReader, given the name of the file to read from.

Class Methods

This class inherits methods from the following classes:


  • java.uti.Reader