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Marshal::PtrToStringAuto Method (IntPtr)

Allocates a managed String and copies all characters up to the first null character from a string stored in unmanaged memory into it.

Namespace:  System.Runtime.InteropServices
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

static String^ PtrToStringAuto(
	IntPtr ptr


Type: System::IntPtr

For Unicode platforms, the address of the first Unicode character.


For ANSI plaforms, the address of the first ANSI character.

Return Value

Type: System::String
A managed string that holds a copy of the unmanaged string if the value of the ptr parameter is not nullptr; otherwise, this method returns nullptr.

If the current platform is Unicode, each ANSI character is widened to a Unicode character and this method calls PtrToStringUni. Otherwise, this method calls PtrToStringAnsi.

PtrToStringAuto is useful for custom marshaling or when mixing managed and unmanaged code. Because this method creates a copy of the unmanaged string's contents, you must free the original string as appropriate. PtrToStringAuto provides the opposite functionality of the Marshal::StringToCoTaskMemAuto and Marshal::StringToHGlobalAuto methods.

.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

  • SecurityCriticalAttribute 

    requires full trust for the immediate caller. This member cannot be used by partially trusted or transparent code.

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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