BigInteger Explicit Conversion (BigInteger to Byte)

Defines an explicit conversion of a BigInteger object to an unsigned byte value.

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

public static explicit operator byte (
	BigInteger value


Type: System.Numerics.BigInteger
The value to convert to a Byte.

Return Value

Type: System.Byte
An object that contains the value of the value parameter.


value is less than Byte.MinValue.


value is greater than Byte.MaxValue.

The overloads of the Explicit(Decimal to BigInteger) method define the types to which or from which a BigInteger can be converted. Language compilers do not perform this conversion automatically because it can involve data loss. Instead, they perform the conversion only if a casting operator (in C#) or a conversion function (such as CType or CByte in Visual Basic) is used. Otherwise, they display a compiler error.

Because this operation defines a narrowing conversion, it can throw an OverflowException at run time if the BigInteger value is outside the range of the Byte data type. There is no loss of precision in the resulting Byte value if the conversion is successful.

The following example illustrates the conversion of BigInteger to Byte values. It also handles an OverflowException that is thrown because the BigInteger value is outside the range of the Byte data type.

// BigInteger to Byte conversion.
BigInteger goodByte = BigInteger.One;
BigInteger badByte = 256;

byte byteFromBigInteger;   

// Successful conversion using cast operator.
byteFromBigInteger = (byte) goodByte;

// Handle conversion that should result in overflow.
   byteFromBigInteger = (byte) badByte;
catch (OverflowException e)
   Console.WriteLine("Unable to convert {0}:\n   {1}", 
                     badByte, e.Message);

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, 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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