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BinaryReader.Read Method (Byte[], Int32, Int32)

Reads count bytes from the stream with index as the starting point in the byte array.

Namespace:  System.IO
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
public virtual int Read(
	byte[] buffer,
	int index,
	int count
)

Parameters

buffer
Type: System.Byte[]

The buffer to read data into.

index
Type: System.Int32

The starting point in the buffer at which to begin reading into the buffer.

count
Type: System.Int32

The number of characters to read.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The number of characters read into buffer. This might be less than the number of bytes requested if that many bytes are not available, or it might be zero if the end of the stream is reached.
ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

The buffer length minus index is less than count.

-or-

The number of decoded characters to read is greater than count. This can happen if a Unicode decoder returns fallback characters or a surrogate pair.

ArgumentNullException

buffer is null.

ArgumentOutOfRangeException

index or count is negative.

ObjectDisposedException

The stream is closed.

IOException

An I/O error occurs.

BinaryReader does not restore the file position after an unsuccessful read.

For a list of common I/O tasks, see Common I/O Tasks.

The following example shows how to write binary data using memory as a backing store. It then displays a message to the console that indicates whether the data was written correctly.

using System;
using System.IO;

class BinaryRW
{
    static void Main()
    {
        const int arrayLength = 1000;

        // Create random data to write to the stream.
        byte[] dataArray = new byte[arrayLength];
        new Random().NextBytes(dataArray);

        BinaryWriter binWriter = new BinaryWriter(new MemoryStream());

        // Write the data to the stream.
        Console.WriteLine("Writing the data.");
        binWriter.Write(dataArray, 0, arrayLength);

        // Create the reader using the stream from the writer.
        BinaryReader binReader = 
            new BinaryReader(binWriter.BaseStream);

        // Set Position to the beginning of the stream.
        binReader.BaseStream.Position = 0;

        // Read and verify the data.
        byte[] verifyArray = new byte[arrayLength];
        if(binReader.Read(verifyArray, 0, arrayLength) != arrayLength)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("Error writing the data.");
            return;
        }
        for(int i = 0; i < arrayLength; i++)
        {
            if(verifyArray[i] != dataArray[i])
            {
                Console.WriteLine("Error writing the data.");
                return;
            }
        }
        Console.WriteLine("The data was written and verified.");
    }
}

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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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