Array.CopyTo Method (Array, Int32)

Copies all the elements of the current one-dimensional array to the specified one-dimensional array starting at the specified destination array index. The index is specified as a 32-bit integer.

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

public void CopyTo(
	Array array,
	int index
)

Parameters

array
Type: System.Array

The one-dimensional array that is the destination of the elements copied from the current array.

index
Type: System.Int32

A 32-bit integer that represents the index in array at which copying begins.

Implements

ICollection.CopyTo(Array, Int32)

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

array is null.

ArgumentOutOfRangeException

index is less than the lower bound of array.

ArgumentException

array is multidimensional.

-or-

The number of elements in the source array is greater than the available number of elements from index to the end of the destination array.

ArrayTypeMismatchException

The type of the source Array cannot be cast automatically to the type of the destination array.

RankException

The source array is multidimensional.

InvalidCastException

At least one element in the source Array cannot be cast to the type of destination array.

This method copies all the elements of the current array instance to the array destination array, starting at index index. The array destination array must already have been dimensioned and must have a sufficient number of elements to accommodate the copied elements. Otherwise, the method throws an exception.

This method supports the System.Collections.ICollection interface. If implementing System.Collections.ICollection is not explicitly required, use Copy to avoid an extra indirection.

If this method throws an exception while copying, the state of array is undefined.

This method is an O(n) operation, where n is Length. It performs a shallow copy only.

The following code example shows how to copy an Array to another Array.

using System;
public class SamplesArray  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Creates and initializes two new Arrays.
      Array mySourceArray=Array.CreateInstance( typeof(String), 6 );
      mySourceArray.SetValue( "three", 0 );
      mySourceArray.SetValue( "napping", 1 );
      mySourceArray.SetValue( "cats", 2 );
      mySourceArray.SetValue( "in", 3 );
      mySourceArray.SetValue( "the", 4 );
      mySourceArray.SetValue( "barn", 5 );
      Array myTargetArray=Array.CreateInstance( typeof(String), 15 );
      myTargetArray.SetValue( "The", 0 );
      myTargetArray.SetValue( "quick", 1 );
      myTargetArray.SetValue( "brown", 2 );
      myTargetArray.SetValue( "fox", 3 );
      myTargetArray.SetValue( "jumps", 4 );
      myTargetArray.SetValue( "over", 5 );
      myTargetArray.SetValue( "the", 6 );
      myTargetArray.SetValue( "lazy", 7 );
      myTargetArray.SetValue( "dog", 8 );

      // Displays the values of the Array.
      Console.WriteLine( "The target Array contains the following (before and after copying):" );
      PrintValues( myTargetArray, ' ' );

      // Copies the source Array to the target Array, starting at index 6.
      mySourceArray.CopyTo( myTargetArray, 6 );

      // Displays the values of the Array.
      PrintValues( myTargetArray, ' ' );
   }


   public static void PrintValues( Array myArr, char mySeparator )  {
      System.Collections.IEnumerator myEnumerator = myArr.GetEnumerator();
      int i = 0;
      int cols = myArr.GetLength( myArr.Rank - 1 );
      while ( myEnumerator.MoveNext() )  {
         if ( i < cols )  {
            i++;
         } else  {
            Console.WriteLine();
            i = 1;
         }
         Console.Write( "{0}{1}", mySeparator, myEnumerator.Current );
      }
      Console.WriteLine();
   }
}
/*
This code produces the following output.

 The target Array contains the following (before and after copying):
 The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog      
 The quick brown fox jumps over three napping cats in the barn
*/

The following code example shows how to copy an Array to another Array with a nonzero lower bound. Note that the entire source Array is copied, including empty elements that overwrite existing elements in the target Array.

public class SamplesArray2{

   public static void Main()  {
      // Creates and initializes the source Array.
      Array myArrayZero=Array.CreateInstance( typeof(String), 3 );
      myArrayZero.SetValue( "zero", 0 );
      myArrayZero.SetValue( "one", 1 );

      // Displays the source Array.
      Console.WriteLine( "The array with lower bound=0 contains:" );
      PrintIndexAndValues( myArrayZero );

      // Creates and initializes the target Array. 
      int[] myArrLen = { 4 };
      int[] myArrLow = { 2 };
      Array myArrayTwo=Array.CreateInstance( typeof(String), myArrLen, myArrLow );
      myArrayTwo.SetValue( "two", 2 );
      myArrayTwo.SetValue( "three", 3 );
      myArrayTwo.SetValue( "four", 4 );
      myArrayTwo.SetValue( "five", 5 );

      // Displays the target Array.
      Console.WriteLine( "The array with lower bound=2 contains:" );
      PrintIndexAndValues( myArrayTwo );

      // Copies from the array with lower bound=0 to the array with lower bound=2.
      myArrayZero.CopyTo( myArrayTwo, 3 );

      // Displays the modified target Array.
      Console.WriteLine( "\nAfter copying to the target array from index 3:" );
      PrintIndexAndValues( myArrayTwo );
   }


   public static void PrintIndexAndValues( Array myArray )  {
      for ( int i = myArray.GetLowerBound(0); i <= myArray.GetUpperBound(0); i++ )
         Console.WriteLine( "\t[{0}]:\t{1}", i, myArray.GetValue( i ) );
   }
}
/* 
This code produces the following output.

The array with lower bound=0 contains:
    [0]:    zero
    [1]:    one
    [2]:    
The array with lower bound=2 contains:
    [2]:    two
    [3]:    three
    [4]:    four
    [5]:    five

After copying to the target array from index 3:
    [2]:    two
    [3]:    zero
    [4]:    one
    [5]:
*/

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 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 8, Silverlight 8.1

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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