Export (0) Print
Expand All

UnicodeEncoding.GetDecoder Method

Obtains a decoder that converts a UTF-16 encoded sequence of bytes into a sequence of Unicode characters.

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

public override Decoder GetDecoder()

Return Value

Type: System.Text.Decoder
A Decoder that converts a UTF-16 encoded sequence of bytes into a sequence of Unicode characters.

The Decoder.GetChars method converts sequential blocks of bytes into sequential blocks of characters, in a manner similar to the GetChars. However, a Decoder maintains state information between calls so it can correctly decode byte sequences that span blocks. The Decoder also preserves trailing bytes at the end of data blocks and uses the trailing bytes in the next decoding operation. Therefore, GetDecoder and GetEncoder are useful for network transmission and file operations, because those operations often deal with blocks of data instead of a complete data stream.

If error detection is enabled, that is, the throwOnInvalidBytes parameter of the constructor is set to true, error detection is also enabled in the Decoder returned by this method. If error detection is enabled and an invalid sequence is encountered, the state of the decoder is undefined and processing must stop.

The following code example uses an encoder and a decoder to encode a string into an array of bytes, and then decode the bytes into an array of characters.

using System;
using System.Text;

public class SamplesUnicodeEncoding  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Get an encoder and a decoder from UnicodeEncoding.
      UnicodeEncoding u16 = new UnicodeEncoding( false, true, true );
      Encoder myEnc = u16.GetEncoder();
      Decoder myDec = u16.GetDecoder();

      // The characters to encode:
      //    Latin Small Letter Z (U+007A)
      //    Latin Small Letter A (U+0061)
      //    Combining Breve (U+0306)
      //    Latin Small Letter AE With Acute (U+01FD)
      //    Greek Small Letter Beta (U+03B2)
      char[] myChars = new char[5] { 'z', 'a', '\u0306', '\u01FD', '\u03B2' };
      Console.Write( "The original characters : " );
      Console.WriteLine( myChars );

      // Encode the character array.
      int iBC  = myEnc.GetByteCount( myChars, 0, myChars.Length, true );
      byte[] myBytes = new byte[iBC];
      myEnc.GetBytes( myChars, 0, myChars.Length, myBytes, 0, true );

      // Print the resulting bytes.
      Console.Write( "Using the encoder       : " );
      for ( int i = 0; i < myBytes.Length; i++ )
         Console.Write( "{0:X2} ", myBytes[i] );

      // Decode the byte array back into an array of characters.
      int iCC  = myDec.GetCharCount( myBytes, 0, myBytes.Length, true );
      char[] myDecodedChars = new char[iCC];
      myDec.GetChars( myBytes, 0, myBytes.Length, myDecodedChars, 0, true );

      // Print the resulting characters.
      Console.Write( "Using the decoder       : " );
      Console.WriteLine( myDecodedChars );



This code produces the following output.  The question marks take the place of characters that cannot be displayed at the console.

The original characters : za??�
Using the encoder       : 7A 00 61 00 06 03 FD 01 B2 03
Using the decoder       : za??�


.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

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

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.

Community Additions

© 2014 Microsoft