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Marshal.Copy Method (IntPtr, Int32[], Int32, Int32)

Copies data from an unmanaged memory pointer to a managed 32-bit signed integer array.

Namespace:  System.Runtime.InteropServices
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
[SecurityPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, Flags = SecurityPermissionFlag.UnmanagedCode)]
public static void Copy(
	IntPtr source,
	int[] destination,
	int startIndex,
	int length
)

Parameters

source
Type: System.IntPtr

The memory pointer to copy from.

destination
Type: System.Int32[]

The array to copy to.

startIndex
Type: System.Int32

The zero-based index into the array where Copy should start.

length
Type: System.Int32

The number of array elements to copy.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

source, destination, startIndex, or length is null.

Unmanaged, C-style arrays do not contain bounds information, which prevents the startIndex and length parameters from being validated. Thus, the unmanaged data corresponding to the source parameter populates the managed array regardless of its usefulness. You must initalize the managed array with the appropriate size before calling the Marshal.Copy method.

NoteNote:

This method uses SecurityAction.LinkDemand to prevent it from being called from untrusted code; only the immediate caller is required to have SecurityPermissionAttribute.UnmanagedCode permission. If your code can be called from partially trusted code, do not pass user input to Marshal class methods without validation. For important limitations on using the LinkDemand member, see Demand vs. LinkDemand.

The following code example copies an array to unmanaged memory and then copies the unmanaged array back to managed memory.

using System;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

class Example
{

    static void Main()
    {
        // Create a managed array. 
        int[] managedArray = { 1, 2, 3, 4 };

        // Initialize unmanged memory to hold the array. 
        int size = Marshal.SizeOf(managedArray[0]) * managedArray.Length;

        IntPtr pnt = Marshal.AllocHGlobal(size);

        try
        {
            // Copy the array to unmanaged memory.
            Marshal.Copy(managedArray, 0, pnt, managedArray.Length);

            // Copy the unmanaged array back to another managed array. 

            int[] managedArray2 = new int[managedArray.Length];

            Marshal.Copy(pnt, managedArray2, 0, managedArray.Length);

            Console.WriteLine("The array was coppied to unmanaged memory and back.");

        }
        finally
        {
            // Free the unmanaged memory.
            Marshal.FreeHGlobal(pnt);
        }



    }

}

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0
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