Encoding.GetDecoder Method

When overridden in a derived class, obtains a decoder that converts an encoded sequence of bytes into a sequence of characters.

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

public virtual Decoder GetDecoder()

Return Value

Type: System.Text.Decoder
A Decoder that converts an encoded sequence of bytes into a sequence of characters.

The Decoder.GetChars method converts sequential blocks of bytes into sequential blocks of characters, in a manner similar to the GetChars method of this class. However, a Decoder maintains state information between calls so it correctly decodes byte sequences that span blocks. The Decoder also preserves trailing bytes at the end of data blocks and uses the trailing bytes in the next decoding operation. Therefore, GetDecoder and GetEncoder are useful for network transmission and file operations, because those operations often deal with blocks of data instead of a complete data stream.

Notes to Implementers

The default implementation returns a Decoder that calls the GetCharCount and GetChars methods of the current Encoding. Your application must override this method to return a Decoder that maintains its state between calls.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 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

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, 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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