FileSystem.ReadAllBytes Method

Returns the contents of a file as a byte array.

Namespace:  Microsoft.VisualBasic.FileIO
Assembly:  Microsoft.VisualBasic (in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll)

public static byte[] ReadAllBytes(
	string file
)

Parameters

file
Type: System.String

File to be read.

Return Value

Type: System.Byte[]
Byte array containing the contents of the file.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

The path is not valid for one of the following reasons: it is a zero-length string; it contains only white space; it contains invalid characters; or it is a device path (starts with \\.\); it ends with a trailing slash.

ArgumentNullException

file is Nothing.

FileNotFoundException

The file does not exist.

IOException

The file is in use by another process, or an I/O error occurs.

PathTooLongException

The path exceeds the system-defined maximum length.

NotSupportedException

A file or directory name in the path contains a colon (:) or is in an invalid format.

OutOfMemoryException

There is not enough memory to write the string to buffer.

SecurityException

The user lacks necessary permissions to view the path.

The ReadAllBytes method of the My.Computer.FileSystem object allows you to read from a binary file. The contents of the file are returned as a byte array.

Do not make decisions about the contents of the file based on the name of the file. For example, the file Form1.vb may not be a Visual Basic source file. Verify all inputs before using the data in your application.

The following table lists an example of a task involving the My.Computer.FileSystem.ReadAllBytes method.

This example reads from the file C:/Documents and Settings/selfportrait.jpg.

My.Computer.FileSystem.ReadAllBytes(
  "C:/Documents and Settings/selfportrait.jpg")

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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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