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MemoryStream.ToArray Method

Writes the stream contents to a byte array, regardless of the Position property.

Namespace: System.IO
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public virtual byte[] ToArray ()
public byte[] ToArray ()
public function ToArray () : byte[]

Return Value

A new byte array.

This method omits unused bytes in MemoryStream from the array. To get the entire buffer, use the GetBuffer method.

For an example of creating a file and writing text to a file, see How to: Write Text to a File. For an example of reading text from a file, see How to: Read Text from a File. For an example of reading from and writing to a binary file, see How to: Read and Write to a Newly Created Data File.

This method returns a copy of the contents of the MemoryStream as a byte array. If the current instance was constructed on a provided byte array, a copy of the section of the array to which this instance has access is returned. See the MemoryStream constructor for details.

NoteNote

This method works when the MemoryStream is closed.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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