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Marshal.WriteByte Method (IntPtr, Int32, Byte)

Writes a single byte value to unmanaged memory at a specified offset.

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

public static void WriteByte(
	IntPtr ptr,
	int ofs,
	byte val
)

Parameters

ptr
Type: System.IntPtr

The base address in unmanaged memory to write to.

ofs
Type: System.Int32

An additional byte offset, which is added to the ptr parameter before writing.

val
Type: System.Byte

The value to write.

ExceptionCondition
AccessViolationException

Base address (ptr) plus offset byte (ofs) produces a null or invalid address.

WriteByte enables direct interaction with an unmanaged C-style byte array, eliminating the expense of copying an entire unmanaged array (using Marshal.Copy) to a separate managed array before setting its element values.

The following example demonstrates how to read and write to an unmanaged array using the ReadByte and WriteByte methods.

static void ReadWriteByte()
{
    // Allocate unmanaged memory.  
    int elementSize = 1;
    IntPtr unmanagedArray = Marshal.AllocHGlobal(10 * elementSize);

    // Set the 10 elements of the C-style unmanagedArray 
    for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++)
    {
        Marshal.WriteByte(unmanagedArray, i * elementSize, ((Byte)(i + 1)));
    }
    Console.WriteLine("Unmanaged memory written.");

    Console.WriteLine("Reading unmanaged memory:");
    // Print the 10 elements of the C-style unmanagedArray 
    for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++)
    {
        Console.WriteLine(Marshal.ReadByte(unmanagedArray, i * elementSize));
    }

    Marshal.FreeHGlobal(unmanagedArray);

    Console.WriteLine("Done. Press Enter to continue.");
    Console.ReadLine();
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 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

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8

  • SecurityCriticalAttribute 

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

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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