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Encoding.GetBytes Method (String)

When overridden in a derived class, encodes all the characters in the specified String into a sequence of bytes.

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

public virtual byte[] GetBytes (
	string s
)
public byte[] GetBytes (
	String s
)
public function GetBytes (
	s : String
) : byte[]

Parameters

s

The String containing the characters to encode.

Return Value

A byte array containing the results of encoding the specified set of characters.

Exception typeCondition

ArgumentNullException

s is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

If the data to be converted is available only in sequential blocks (such as data read from a stream) or if the amount of data is so large that it needs to be divided into smaller blocks, use the Decoder or the Encoder provided by the GetDecoder method or the GetEncoder method, respectively, of a derived class.

The following code example determines the number of bytes required to encode a string or a range in the string, encodes the characters, and displays the resulting bytes.

using System;
using System.Text;

public class SamplesEncoding  {

   public static void 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)
      String myStr = "za\u0306\u01FD\u03B2\uD8FF\uDCFF";

      // Get different encodings.
      Encoding  u7    = Encoding.UTF7;
      Encoding  u8    = Encoding.UTF8;
      Encoding  u16LE = Encoding.Unicode;
      Encoding  u16BE = Encoding.BigEndianUnicode;
      Encoding  u32   = Encoding.UTF32;

      // Encode the entire string, and print out the counts and the resulting bytes.
      Console.WriteLine( "Encoding the entire string:" );
      PrintCountsAndBytes( myStr, u7 );
      PrintCountsAndBytes( myStr, u8 );
      PrintCountsAndBytes( myStr, u16LE );
      PrintCountsAndBytes( myStr, u16BE );
      PrintCountsAndBytes( myStr, u32 );

      Console.WriteLine();

      // Encode three characters starting at index 4, and print out the counts and the resulting bytes.
      Console.WriteLine( "Encoding the characters from index 4 through 6:" );
      PrintCountsAndBytes( myStr, 4, 3, u7 );
      PrintCountsAndBytes( myStr, 4, 3, u8 );
      PrintCountsAndBytes( myStr, 4, 3, u16LE );
      PrintCountsAndBytes( myStr, 4, 3, u16BE );
      PrintCountsAndBytes( myStr, 4, 3, u32 );

   }


   public static void PrintCountsAndBytes( String s, Encoding enc )  {

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

      // Display the exact byte count.
      int iBC  = enc.GetByteCount( s );
      Console.Write( " {0,-3}", iBC );

      // Display the maximum byte count.
      int iMBC = enc.GetMaxByteCount( s.Length );
      Console.Write( " {0,-3} :", iMBC );

      // Encode the entire string.
      byte[] bytes = enc.GetBytes( s );

      // Display all the encoded bytes.
      PrintHexBytes( bytes );

   }


   public static void PrintCountsAndBytes( String s, int index, int count, Encoding enc )  {

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

      // Display the exact byte count.
      int iBC  = enc.GetByteCount( s.ToCharArray(), index, count );
      Console.Write( " {0,-3}", iBC );

      // Display the maximum byte count.
      int iMBC = enc.GetMaxByteCount( count );
      Console.Write( " {0,-3} :", iMBC );

      // Encode a range of characters in the string.
      byte[] bytes = new byte[iBC];
      enc.GetBytes( s, index, count, bytes, bytes.GetLowerBound(0) );

      // Display all the encoded bytes.
      PrintHexBytes( bytes );

   }


   public static void PrintHexBytes( byte[] bytes )  {

      if (( bytes == null ) || ( bytes.Length == 0 ))
         Console.WriteLine( "<none>" );
      else  {
         for ( int i = 0; i < bytes.Length; i++ )
            Console.Write( "{0:X2} ", bytes[i] );
         Console.WriteLine();
      }

   }

}


/* 
This code produces the following output.

Encoding the entire string:
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

Encoding the characters from index 4 through 6:
System.Text.UTF7Encoding       : 10  11  :2B 41 37 4C 59 2F 39 7A 2F 2D
System.Text.UTF8Encoding       : 6   12  :CE B2 F1 8F B3 BF
System.Text.UnicodeEncoding    : 6   8   :B2 03 FF D8 FF DC
System.Text.UnicodeEncoding    : 6   8   :03 B2 D8 FF DC FF
System.Text.UTF32Encoding      : 8   16  :B2 03 00 00 FF FC 04 00

*/


import System.*;
import System.Text.*;

public class SamplesEncoding
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        // 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)
        String myStr = "za\u0306\u01FD\u03B2\uD8FF\uDCFF";

        // Get different encodings.
        Encoding u7 = Encoding.get_UTF7();
        Encoding u8 = Encoding.get_UTF8();
        Encoding u16LE = Encoding.get_Unicode();
        Encoding u16BE = Encoding.get_BigEndianUnicode();
        Encoding u32 = Encoding.get_UTF32();

        // Encode the entire string, and print out the counts
        // and the resulting bytes.
        Console.WriteLine("Encoding the entire string:");
        PrintCountsAndBytes(myStr, u7);
        PrintCountsAndBytes(myStr, u8);
        PrintCountsAndBytes(myStr, u16LE);
        PrintCountsAndBytes(myStr, u16BE);
        PrintCountsAndBytes(myStr, u32);
        Console.WriteLine();

        // Encode three characters starting at index 4, 
        // and print out the counts and the resulting bytes.
        Console.WriteLine("Encoding the characters from index 4 through 6:");
        PrintCountsAndBytes(myStr, 4, 3, u7);
        PrintCountsAndBytes(myStr, 4, 3, u8);
        PrintCountsAndBytes(myStr, 4, 3, u16LE);
        PrintCountsAndBytes(myStr, 4, 3, u16BE);
        PrintCountsAndBytes(myStr, 4, 3, u32);
    } //main

    public static void PrintCountsAndBytes(String s, Encoding enc)
    {
        // Display the name of the encoding used.
        Console.Write("{0,-30} :", enc.ToString());

        // Display the exact byte count.
        int iBC = enc.GetByteCount(s);
        Console.Write(" {0,-3}", String.valueOf(iBC));

        // Display the maximum byte count.
        int iMBC = enc.GetMaxByteCount(s.get_Length());
        Console.Write(" {0,-3} :", String.valueOf(iMBC));

        // Encode the entire string.
        ubyte bytes[] = enc.GetBytes(s);

        // Display all the encoded bytes.
        PrintHexBytes(bytes);
    } //PrintCountsAndBytes

    public static void PrintCountsAndBytes(String s, int index,
                                        int count, Encoding enc)
    {
        // Display the name of the encoding used.
        Console.Write("{0,-30} :", enc.ToString());

        // Display the exact byte count.
        int iBC = enc.GetByteCount(s.ToCharArray(), index, count);
        Console.Write(" {0,-3}", String.valueOf(iBC));

        // Display the maximum byte count.
        int iMBC = enc.GetMaxByteCount(count);
        Console.Write(" {0,-3} :", String.valueOf(iMBC));

        // Encode a range of characters in the string.
        ubyte bytes[] = new ubyte[iBC];
        enc.GetBytes(s, index, count, bytes, bytes.GetLowerBound(0));

        // Display all the encoded bytes.
        PrintHexBytes(bytes);
    } //PrintCountsAndBytes

    public static void PrintHexBytes(ubyte[] bytes)
    {
        if(bytes == null || bytes.length == 0) {
            Console.WriteLine("<none>");
        }
        else {
            for(int i = 0; i < bytes.length; i++) {
                Console.Write("{0:X2} ", 
                        ((System.Byte)bytes[i]).ToString("X2"));
            }
            Console.WriteLine();
        }
    } //PrintHexBytes
} //SamplesEncoding

/* 
This code produces the following output.

Encoding the entire string:
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

Encoding the characters from index 4 through 6:
System.Text.UTF7Encoding       : 10  11  :2B 41 37 4C 59 2F 39 7A 2F 2D
System.Text.UTF8Encoding       : 6   12  :CE B2 F1 8F B3 BF
System.Text.UnicodeEncoding    : 6   8   :B2 03 FF D8 FF DC
System.Text.UnicodeEncoding    : 6   8   :03 B2 D8 FF DC FF
System.Text.UTF32Encoding      : 8   16  :B2 03 00 00 FF FC 04 00

*/


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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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