List<T>.CopyTo Method (Int32, T[], Int32, Int32)

Copies a range of elements from the List<T> to a compatible one-dimensional array, starting at the specified index of the target array.

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

public void CopyTo(
	int index,
	T[] array,
	int arrayIndex,
	int count
)

Parameters

index
Type: System.Int32

The zero-based index in the source List<T> at which copying begins.

array
Type: T[]

The one-dimensional Array that is the destination of the elements copied from List<T>. The Array must have zero-based indexing.

arrayIndex
Type: System.Int32

The zero-based index in array at which copying begins.

count
Type: System.Int32

The number of elements to copy.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

array is null.

ArgumentOutOfRangeException

index is less than 0.

-or-

arrayIndex is less than 0.

-or-

count is less than 0.

ArgumentException

index is equal to or greater than the Count of the source List<T>.

-or-

The number of elements from index to the end of the source List<T> is greater than the available space from arrayIndex to the end of the destination array.

This method uses Array.Copy to copy the elements.

The elements are copied to the Array in the same order in which the enumerator iterates through the List<T>.

This method is an O(n) operation, where n is count.

The following example demonstrates all three overloads of the CopyTo method. A List<T> of strings is created and populated with 5 strings. An empty string array of 15 elements is created, and the CopyTo(T[]) method overload is used to copy all the elements of the list to the array beginning at the first element of the array. The CopyTo(T[], Int32) method overload is used to copy all the elements of the list to the array beginning at array index 6 (leaving index 5 empty). Finally, the CopyTo(Int32, T[], Int32, Int32) method overload is used to copy 3 elements from the list, beginning with index 2, to the array beginning at array index 12 (leaving index 11 empty). The contents of the array are then displayed.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;

public class Example
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        List<string> dinosaurs = new List<string>();

        dinosaurs.Add("Tyrannosaurus");
        dinosaurs.Add("Amargasaurus");
        dinosaurs.Add("Mamenchisaurus");
        dinosaurs.Add("Brachiosaurus");
        dinosaurs.Add("Compsognathus");

        Console.WriteLine();
        foreach(string dinosaur in dinosaurs)
        {
            Console.WriteLine(dinosaur);
        }

        // Declare an array with 15 elements. 
        string[] array = new string[15];

        dinosaurs.CopyTo(array);
        dinosaurs.CopyTo(array, 6);
        dinosaurs.CopyTo(2, array, 12, 3);

        Console.WriteLine("\nContents of the array:");
        foreach(string dinosaur in array)
        {
            Console.WriteLine(dinosaur);
        }
    }
}

/* This code example produces the following output:

Tyrannosaurus
Amargasaurus
Mamenchisaurus
Brachiosaurus
Compsognathus

Contents of the array:
Tyrannosaurus
Amargasaurus
Mamenchisaurus
Brachiosaurus
Compsognathus

Tyrannosaurus
Amargasaurus
Mamenchisaurus
Brachiosaurus
Compsognathus

Mamenchisaurus
Brachiosaurus
Compsognathus
 */

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.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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