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IntPtr.ToPointer Method

Converts the value of this instance to a pointer to an unspecified type.

This API is not CLS-compliant. 

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

[CLSCompliantAttribute(false)]
public void* ToPointer()

Return Value

Type: System.Void*
A pointer to Void; that is, a pointer to memory containing data of an unspecified type.

The following example copies a string in reverse, by using byte pointers to read and write characters between the source and destination strings. Source and destination pointers are returned by using the ToPointer() method. The reverse string copy is an unsafe operation and, in C#, it is performed inside an unsafe code region. In C#, this example must be compiled with the /unsafe complier option.


using System;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

class NotTooSafeStringReverse
{
    static public void Main()
    {
        string stringA = "I seem to be turned around!";
        int copylen = stringA.Length;

        // Allocate HGlobal memory for source and destination strings
        IntPtr sptr = Marshal.StringToHGlobalAnsi(stringA);
        IntPtr dptr = Marshal.AllocHGlobal(copylen + 1);

        // The unsafe section where byte pointers are used.
        unsafe
        {
            byte *src = (byte *)sptr.ToPointer();
            byte *dst = (byte *)dptr.ToPointer();

            if (copylen > 0)
            {
                // set the source pointer to the end of the string
                // to do a reverse copy.
                src += copylen - 1;

                while (copylen-- > 0)
                {
                    *dst++ = *src--;
                }
                *dst = 0;
            }
        }
        string stringB = Marshal.PtrToStringAnsi(dptr);

        Console.WriteLine("Original:\n{0}\n", stringA);
        Console.WriteLine("Reversed:\n{0}", stringB);

        // Free HGlobal memory
        Marshal.FreeHGlobal(dptr);
        Marshal.FreeHGlobal(sptr);
    }
}

// The progam has the following output:
//
// Original:
// I seem to be turned around!
//
// Reversed:
// !dnuora denrut eb ot mees I


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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