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I want to print Unicode characters(Hindi) in a Console Application.

I tried :
static void Main(string[] args)

But output was ???? instead of दीपक.

Posted 15-Apr-12 21:02pm
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Solution 1

VJ Reddy 17-Apr-12 12:39pm
Good reference. 5!
Shahin Khorshidnia 17-Apr-12 12:41pm
Thanks a lot VJ :)
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Solution 2

The solution to your problem explained in details at this link[^].
The code from this blog is here (I have nothing to do with this code, it is simply cut/paste):

using System;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;
public class Test 
    public static void Main() 
    internal static bool IsConsoleFontTrueType(IntPtr std) {
        cfie.cbSize = (uint)Marshal.SizeOf(cfie);
        if(GetCurrentConsoleFontEx(std, false, ref cfie)) {
            return(((cfie.FontFamily & TMPF_TRUETYPE) == TMPF_TRUETYPE));
        return false;
    public static void WriteLineRight(string st) 
        IntPtr stdout = GetStdHandle(STD_OUTPUT_HANDLE);
        if(stdout != INVALID_HANDLE_VALUE) {
            uint filetype = GetFileType(stdout);
            if(! ((filetype == FILE_TYPE_UNKNOWN) && (Marshal.GetLastWin32Error() != ERROR_SUCCESS))) {
                bool fConsole;
                uint mode;
                uint written;
                filetype &= ~(FILE_TYPE_REMOTE);
                if (filetype == FILE_TYPE_CHAR) {
                    bool retval = GetConsoleMode(stdout, out mode);
                    if ((retval == false) && (Marshal.GetLastWin32Error() == ERROR_INVALID_HANDLE)) {
                        fConsole = false;
                    } else {
                        fConsole = true;
                } else {
                    fConsole = false;
                if (fConsole) {
                    if (IsConsoleFontTrueType(stdout)) {
                        WriteConsoleW(stdout, st, st.Length, out written, IntPtr.Zero);
                    } else {
                        // Not a TrueType font, so the output may have trouble here
                        // Need to check the codepage settings
                        // TODO: Add the old style GetConsoleFallbackUICulture code here!!!
                } else {
                    // Write out a Unicode BOM to ensure proper processing by text readers
                    WriteFile(stdout, BOM, 2, out written, IntPtr.Zero);
                    WriteFile(stdout, st, st.Length * 2, out written, IntPtr.Zero);
    [DllImport("kernel32.dll", CharSet=CharSet.Unicode, ExactSpelling=true)]
    internal static extern bool WriteConsoleW(IntPtr hConsoleOutput,                                               string lpBuffer,                                               int nNumberOfCharsToWrite, 
                                              out uint lpNumberOfCharsWritten,                                               IntPtr lpReserved);
    [DllImport("kernel32.dll", CharSet=CharSet.Unicode, ExactSpelling=true)]
    internal static extern bool WriteFile(IntPtr hFile,                                           string lpBuffer,                                           int nNumberOfBytesToWrite, 
                                          out uint lpNumberOfBytesWritten,                                           IntPtr lpOverlapped);
    [DllImport("kernel32.dll", ExactSpelling=true, SetLastError=true)]
    internal static extern bool GetConsoleMode(IntPtr hConsoleHandle, out uint lpMode);
    [DllImport("kernel32.dll", ExactSpelling=true)]
    internal static extern bool GetCurrentConsoleFontEx(IntPtr hConsoleOutput,                                                        bool bMaximumWindow,                                                         ref CONSOLE_FONT_INFO_EX lpConsoleCurrentFontEx);
    [DllImport("Kernel32.DLL", ExactSpelling=true, SetLastError=true)]
    internal static extern uint GetFileType(IntPtr hFile);
    [DllImport("Kernel32.DLL", ExactSpelling=true)]
    internal static extern IntPtr GetStdHandle(int nStdHandle);
    internal struct COORD {
        internal short X;
        internal short Y;
        internal COORD(short x, short y) {
            X = x;
            Y = y;
    internal unsafe struct CONSOLE_FONT_INFO_EX {
        internal uint cbSize;
        internal uint nFont;
        internal COORD dwFontSize;
        internal int FontFamily;
        internal int FontWeight;
        fixed char FaceName[LF_FACESIZE];
    internal const int TMPF_TRUETYPE = 0x4;
    internal const int LF_FACESIZE = 32;
    internal const string BOM = "\uFEFF";
    internal const int STD_OUTPUT_HANDLE = -11; // Handle to the standard output device.
    internal const int ERROR_INVALID_HANDLE = 6;
    internal const int ERROR_SUCCESS = 0;
    internal const uint FILE_TYPE_UNKNOWN = 0x0000;
    internal const uint FILE_TYPE_DISK = 0x0001;
    internal const uint FILE_TYPE_CHAR = 0x0002;
    internal const uint FILE_TYPE_PIPE = 0x0003;
    internal const uint FILE_TYPE_REMOTE = 0x8000;
    internal static IntPtr INVALID_HANDLE_VALUE = new IntPtr(-1);

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