BitConverter.GetBytes Method (Char)

Returns the specified Unicode character value as an array of bytes.

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

public static byte[] GetBytes(
	char value
)

Parameters

value
Type: System.Char

A character to convert.

Return Value

Type: System.Byte[]
An array of bytes with length 2.

The order of bytes in the array returned by the GetBytes method depends on whether the computer architecture is little-endian or big-endian.

The following code example converts the bit patterns of Char values (Unicode characters) to Byte arrays with the GetBytes method.

// Example of the BitConverter.GetBytes( char ) method. 
using System;

class GetBytesCharDemo
{
    const string formatter = "{0,10}{1,16}";

    // Convert a char argument to a byte array and display it. 
    public static void GetBytesChar( char argument )
    {
        byte[ ] byteArray = BitConverter.GetBytes( argument );
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, argument, 
            BitConverter.ToString( byteArray ) );
    }

    public static void Main( )
    {
        Console.WriteLine( 
            "This example of the BitConverter.GetBytes( char ) " +
            "\nmethod generates the following output.\r\n" );
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, "char", "byte array" );
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, "----", "----------" );

        // Convert char values and display the results.
        GetBytesChar( '\0' );
        GetBytesChar( ' ' );
        GetBytesChar( '*' );
        GetBytesChar( '3' );
        GetBytesChar( 'A' );
        GetBytesChar( '[' );
        GetBytesChar( 'a' );
        GetBytesChar( '{' );
    }
}

/*
This example of the BitConverter.GetBytes( char )
method generates the following output.

      char      byte array
      ----      ----------
                     00-00
                     20-00
         *           2A-00
         3           33-00
         A           41-00
         [           5B-00
         a           61-00
         {           7B-00
*/

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 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

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8

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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