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Encoding.GetMaxByteCount Method

When overridden in a derived class, calculates the maximum number of bytes produced by encoding the specified number of characters.

Namespace:  System.Text
Assemblies:   mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
  System.Text.Encoding (in System.Text.Encoding.dll)

'Declaration
Public MustOverride Function GetMaxByteCount ( _
	charCount As Integer _
) As Integer

Parameters

charCount
Type: System.Int32

The number of characters to encode.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The maximum number of bytes produced by encoding the specified number of characters.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentOutOfRangeException

charCount is less than zero.

EncoderFallbackException

A fallback occurred (see Character Encoding in the .NET Framework for complete explanation)

-and-

EncoderFallback is set to EncoderExceptionFallback.

The charCount parameter actually specifies the number of Char objects that represent the Unicode characters to encode, because the .NET Framework internally uses UTF-16 to represent Unicode characters. Consequently, most Unicode characters can be represented by one Char object, but a Unicode character represented by a surrogate pair, for example, requires two Char objects.

To calculate the exact array size required by GetBytes to store the resulting bytes, you should use the GetByteCount method. To calculate the maximum array size, use the GetMaxByteCount method. The GetByteCount method generally allows allocation of less memory, while the GetMaxByteCount method generally executes faster.

GetMaxByteCount retrieves a worst-case number, including the worst case for the currently selected EncoderFallback. If a fallback is chosen with a potentially large string, GetMaxByteCount retrieves large values, particularly in cases where the worst case for the encoding involves switching modes for every character. For example, this can happen for ISO-2022-JP. For more information, see the blog entry "What's with Encoding.GetMaxByteCount() and Encoding.GetMaxCharCount()?" (http://blogs.msdn.com/shawnste/archive/2005/03/02/383903.aspx).

In most cases, this method retrieves reasonable values for small strings. For large strings, you might have to choose between using very large buffers and catching errors in the rare case when a more reasonable buffer is too small. You might also want to consider a different approach using GetByteCount or Encoder.Convert.

When using GetMaxByteCount, you should allocate the output buffer based on the maximum size of the input buffer. If the output buffer is constrained in size, you might use the Convert method.

Note that GetMaxByteCount considers potential leftover surrogates from a previous decoder operation. Because of the decoder, passing a value of 1 to the method retrieves 2 for a single-byte encoding, such as ASCII. You should use the IsSingleByte property if this information is necessary.

NoteNote

GetMaxByteCount(N) is not necessarily the same value as N* GetMaxByteCount(1).

Notes to Implementers

All Encoding implementations must guarantee that no buffer overflow exceptions occur if buffers are sized according to the results of this method's calculations.

The following example determines the number of bytes required to encode a character array, encodes the characters, and displays the resulting bytes.

Imports System
Imports System.Text
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic

Public Class SamplesEncoding   

   Public Shared Sub Main()

      ' The characters to encode: 
      '    Latin Small Letter Z (U+007A) 
      '    Latin Small Letter A (U+0061) 
      '    Combining Breve (U+0306) 
      '    Latin Small Letter AE With Acute (U+01FD) 
      '    Greek Small Letter Beta (U+03B2) 
      '    a high-surrogate value (U+D8FF) 
      '    a low-surrogate value (U+DCFF) 
      Dim myChars() As Char = {"z"c, "a"c, ChrW(&H0306), ChrW(&H01FD), ChrW(&H03B2), ChrW(&HD8FF), ChrW(&HDCFF)}


      ' Get different encodings. 
      Dim u7 As Encoding = Encoding.UTF7
      Dim u8 As Encoding = Encoding.UTF8
      Dim u16LE As Encoding = Encoding.Unicode
      Dim u16BE As Encoding = Encoding.BigEndianUnicode
      Dim u32 As Encoding = Encoding.UTF32

      ' Encode the entire array, and print out the counts and the resulting bytes.
      PrintCountsAndBytes(myChars, u7)
      PrintCountsAndBytes(myChars, u8)
      PrintCountsAndBytes(myChars, u16LE)
      PrintCountsAndBytes(myChars, u16BE)
      PrintCountsAndBytes(myChars, u32)

   End Sub 'Main


   Public Shared Sub PrintCountsAndBytes(chars() As Char, enc As Encoding)

      ' Display the name of the encoding used.
      Console.Write("{0,-30} :", enc.ToString())

      ' Display the exact byte count. 
      Dim iBC As Integer = enc.GetByteCount(chars)
      Console.Write(" {0,-3}", iBC)

      ' Display the maximum byte count. 
      Dim iMBC As Integer = enc.GetMaxByteCount(chars.Length)
      Console.Write(" {0,-3} :", iMBC)

      ' Encode the array of chars. 
      Dim bytes As Byte() = enc.GetBytes(chars)

      ' Display all the encoded bytes.
      PrintHexBytes(bytes)

   End Sub 'PrintCountsAndBytes


   Public Shared Sub PrintHexBytes(bytes() As Byte)

      If bytes Is Nothing OrElse bytes.Length = 0 Then
         Console.WriteLine("<none>")
      Else 
         Dim i As Integer 
         For i = 0 To bytes.Length - 1
            Console.Write("{0:X2} ", bytes(i))
         Next i
         Console.WriteLine()
      End If 

   End Sub 'PrintHexBytes 

End Class 'SamplesEncoding


'This code produces the following output. 

'System.Text.UTF7Encoding       : 18  23  :7A 61 2B 41 77 59 42 2F 51 4F 79 32 50 2F 63 2F 77 2D 
'System.Text.UTF8Encoding       : 12  24  :7A 61 CC 86 C7 BD CE B2 F1 8F B3 BF 
'System.Text.UnicodeEncoding    : 14  16  :7A 00 61 00 06 03 FD 01 B2 03 FF D8 FF DC 
'System.Text.UnicodeEncoding    : 14  16  :00 7A 00 61 03 06 01 FD 03 B2 D8 FF DC FF 
'System.Text.UTF32Encoding      : 24  32  :7A 00 00 00 61 00 00 00 06 03 00 00 FD 01 00 00 B2 03 00 00 FF FC 04 00

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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

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