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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 Example
   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
      outputBlock.Text +=
          "This example of the BitConverter.IsLittleEndian field " +
          "generates \nthe following output when run on " +
          "x86-class computers.\n" + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("IsLittleEndian:  {0}",
          BitConverter.IsLittleEndian) + "\n";

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

IsLittleEndian:  True


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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