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BitmapData Class

Updated: August 2008

Specifies the attributes of a bitmap image. The BitmapData class is used by the LockBits and UnlockBits methods of the Bitmap class. Not inheritable.

Namespace:  System.Drawing.Imaging
Assembly:  System.Drawing (in System.Drawing.dll)

public sealed class BitmapData

The following code example demonstrates how to use the BitmapData class with the LockBits and UnlockBits methods. This example is designed to be used with Windows Forms. To run this example, paste it into a form and handle the form's Paint event by calling the LockUnlockBitsExample method, passing e as PaintEventArgs.

    private void LockUnlockBitsExample(PaintEventArgs e)
        {

            // Create a new bitmap.
            Bitmap bmp = new Bitmap("c:\\fakePhoto.jpg");

            // Lock the bitmap's bits.  
            Rectangle rect = new Rectangle(0, 0, bmp.Width, bmp.Height);
            System.Drawing.Imaging.BitmapData bmpData =
                bmp.LockBits(rect, System.Drawing.Imaging.ImageLockMode.ReadWrite,
                bmp.PixelFormat);

            // Get the address of the first line.
            IntPtr ptr = bmpData.Scan0;

            // Declare an array to hold the bytes of the bitmap. 
            int bytes  = bmpData.Stride * bmp.Height;
���         byte[] rgbValues = new byte[bytes];

            // Copy the RGB values into the array.
            System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.Copy(ptr, rgbValues, 0, bytes);

            // Set every third value to 255. A 24bpp bitmap will look red.   
            for (int counter = 2; counter < rgbValues.Length; counter += 3)
                rgbValues[counter] = 255;

            // Copy the RGB values back to the bitmap
            System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.Copy(rgbValues, 0, ptr, bytes);

            // Unlock the bits.
            bmp.UnlockBits(bmpData);

            // Draw the modified image.
            e.Graphics.DrawImage(bmp, 0, 150);

        }

System.Object
  System.Drawing.Imaging.BitmapData

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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

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

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August 2008

Added a code example.

Information enhancement.

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