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Encoding.GetByteCount Method (String)

When overridden in a derived class, calculates the number of bytes produced by encoding the characters in the specified string.

Namespace:  System.Text
Assemblies:   mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
  System.Text.Encoding (in System.Text.Encoding.dll)

'Declaration
Public Overridable Function GetByteCount ( _
	s As String _
) As Integer

Parameters

s
Type: System.String

The string containing the set of characters to encode.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The number of bytes produced by encoding the specified characters.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

s is Nothing.

EncoderFallbackException

A fallback occurred (see Character Encoding in the .NET Framework for complete explanation)

-and-

EncoderFallback is set to EncoderExceptionFallback.

To calculate the exact array size required by GetBytes to store the resulting bytes, call the GetByteCount method. To calculate the maximum array size, call the GetMaxByteCount method. The GetByteCount method generally allows allocation of less memory, while the GetMaxByteCount method generally executes faster.

The GetByteCount method determines how many bytes result in encoding a set of Unicode characters, and the GetBytes method performs the actual encoding. The GetBytes method expects discrete conversions, in contrast to the Encoder.GetBytes method, which handles multiple conversions on a single input stream.

Several versions of GetByteCount and GetBytes are supported. The following are some programming considerations for use of these methods:

  • Your app might need to encode many input characters to a code page and process the characters using multiple calls. In this case, you probably need to maintain state between calls, taking into account the state that is persisted by the Encoder object being used.

  • If your app handles string inputs, the string version of GetBytes is recommended.

  • The Unicode character buffer version of GetBytes(Char*, Int32, Byte*, Int32) allows some fast techniques, particularly with multiple calls using the Encoder object or inserting into existing buffers. Bear in mind, however, that this method version is sometimes unsafe, since pointers are required.

  • If your app must convert a large amount of data, it should reuse the output buffer. In this case, the GetBytes version that supports byte arrays is the best choice.

  • Consider using the Encoder.Convert method instead of GetByteCount. The conversion method converts as much data as possible, and does throw an exception if the output buffer is too small. For continuous encoding of a stream, this method is often the best choice.

The following example determines the number of bytes required to encode a string or a range in the string, encodes the characters, and displays the resulting bytes.

Imports System
Imports System.Text
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic

Public Class SamplesEncoding   

   Public Shared Sub Main()

      ' The characters to encode: 
      '    Latin Small Letter Z (U+007A) 
      '    Latin Small Letter A (U+0061) 
      '    Combining Breve (U+0306) 
      '    Latin Small Letter AE With Acute (U+01FD) 
      '    Greek Small Letter Beta (U+03B2) 
      '    a high-surrogate value (U+D8FF) 
      '    a low-surrogate value (U+DCFF) 
      Dim myStr As String = "za" & ChrW(&H0306) & ChrW(&H01FD) & ChrW(&H03B2) & ChrW(&HD8FF) & ChrW(&HDCFF)

      ' Get different encodings. 
      Dim u7 As Encoding = Encoding.UTF7
      Dim u8 As Encoding = Encoding.UTF8
      Dim u16LE As Encoding = Encoding.Unicode
      Dim u16BE As Encoding = Encoding.BigEndianUnicode
      Dim u32 As Encoding = Encoding.UTF32

      ' Encode the entire string, and print out the counts and the resulting bytes.
      Console.WriteLine("Encoding the entire string:")
      PrintCountsAndBytes(myStr, u7)
      PrintCountsAndBytes(myStr, u8)
      PrintCountsAndBytes(myStr, u16LE)
      PrintCountsAndBytes(myStr, u16BE)
      PrintCountsAndBytes(myStr, u32)

      Console.WriteLine()

      ' Encode three characters starting at index 4, and print out the counts and the resulting bytes.
      Console.WriteLine("Encoding the characters from index 4 through 6:")
      PrintCountsAndBytes(myStr, 4, 3, u7)
      PrintCountsAndBytes(myStr, 4, 3, u8)
      PrintCountsAndBytes(myStr, 4, 3, u16LE)
      PrintCountsAndBytes(myStr, 4, 3, u16BE)
      PrintCountsAndBytes(myStr, 4, 3, u32)

   End Sub 'Main


   Overloads Public Shared Sub PrintCountsAndBytes(s As String, enc As Encoding)

      ' Display the name of the encoding used.
      Console.Write("{0,-30} :", enc.ToString())

      ' Display the exact byte count. 
      Dim iBC As Integer = enc.GetByteCount(s)
      Console.Write(" {0,-3}", iBC)

      ' Display the maximum byte count. 
      Dim iMBC As Integer = enc.GetMaxByteCount(s.Length)
      Console.Write(" {0,-3} :", iMBC)

      ' Encode the entire string. 
      Dim bytes As Byte() = enc.GetBytes(s)

      ' Display all the encoded bytes.
      PrintHexBytes(bytes)

   End Sub 'PrintCountsAndBytes


   Overloads Public Shared Sub PrintCountsAndBytes(s As String, index As Integer, count As Integer, enc As Encoding)

      ' Display the name of the encoding used.
      Console.Write("{0,-30} :", enc.ToString())

      ' Display the exact byte count. 
      Dim iBC As Integer = enc.GetByteCount(s.ToCharArray(), index, count)
      Console.Write(" {0,-3}", iBC)

      ' Display the maximum byte count. 
      Dim iMBC As Integer = enc.GetMaxByteCount(count)
      Console.Write(" {0,-3} :", iMBC)

      ' Encode a range of characters in the string. 
      ' NOTE: In VB.NET, arrays contain one extra element by default. 
      '       The following line creates the array with the exact number of elements required. 
      Dim bytes(iBC - 1) As Byte
      enc.GetBytes(s, index, count, bytes, bytes.GetLowerBound(0))

      ' Display all the encoded bytes.
      PrintHexBytes(bytes)

   End Sub 'PrintCountsAndBytes


   Public Shared Sub PrintHexBytes(bytes() As Byte)

      If bytes Is Nothing OrElse bytes.Length = 0 Then
         Console.WriteLine("<none>")
      Else 
         Dim i As Integer 
         For i = 0 To bytes.Length - 1
            Console.Write("{0:X2} ", bytes(i))
         Next i
         Console.WriteLine()
      End If 

   End Sub 'PrintHexBytes 

End Class 'SamplesEncoding


'This code produces the following output. 

'Encoding the entire string: 
'System.Text.UTF7Encoding       : 18  23  :7A 61 2B 41 77 59 42 2F 51 4F 79 32 50 2F 63 2F 77 2D 
'System.Text.UTF8Encoding       : 12  24  :7A 61 CC 86 C7 BD CE B2 F1 8F B3 BF 
'System.Text.UnicodeEncoding    : 14  16  :7A 00 61 00 06 03 FD 01 B2 03 FF D8 FF DC 
'System.Text.UnicodeEncoding    : 14  16  :00 7A 00 61 03 06 01 FD 03 B2 D8 FF DC FF 
'System.Text.UTF32Encoding      : 24  32  :7A 00 00 00 61 00 00 00 06 03 00 00 FD 01 00 00 B2 03 00 00 FF FC 04 00 

'Encoding the characters from index 4 through 6: 
'System.Text.UTF7Encoding       : 10  11  :2B 41 37 4C 59 2F 39 7A 2F 2D 
'System.Text.UTF8Encoding       : 6   12  :CE B2 F1 8F B3 BF 
'System.Text.UnicodeEncoding    : 6   8   :B2 03 FF D8 FF DC 
'System.Text.UnicodeEncoding    : 6   8   :03 B2 D8 FF DC FF 
'System.Text.UTF32Encoding      : 8   16  :B2 03 00 00 FF FC 04 00

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 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

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: 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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