BitConverter.IsLittleEndian Field

Indicates the byte order ("endianess") in which data is stored in this computer architecture.

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

public static readonly bool IsLittleEndian

This value is true if the architecture is little-endian; false if it is big-endian.

Different computer architectures store data using different byte orders. "Big-endian" means the most significant byte is on the left end of a word. "Little-endian" means the most significant byte is on the right end of a word.

The following code example illustrates the use of the IsLittleEndian field.

// Example of the BitConverter.IsLittleEndian field. 
using System;

class LittleEndDemo
{
    public static void Main( )
    {
        Console.WriteLine( 
            "This example of the BitConverter.IsLittleEndian field " +
            "generates \nthe following output when run on " +
            "x86-class computers.\n");
        Console.WriteLine( "IsLittleEndian:  {0}", 
            BitConverter.IsLittleEndian );
    }
}

/*
This example of the BitConverter.IsLittleEndian field generates
the following output when run on x86-class computers.

IsLittleEndian:  True
*/

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0
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