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BinaryReader.ReadBytes Method

Reads count bytes from the current stream into a byte array and advances the current position by count bytes.

Namespace:  System.IO
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
public virtual byte[] ReadBytes(
	int count
)

Parameters

count
Type: System.Int32

The number of bytes to read.

Return Value

Type: System.Byte[]
A byte array containing data read from the underlying stream. This might be less than the number of bytes requested if the end of the stream is reached.
ExceptionCondition
IOException

An I/O error occurs.

ObjectDisposedException

The stream is closed.

ArgumentOutOfRangeException

count is negative.

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 code example shows how to write binary data using memory as a backing store, and then verify that 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);

        // 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 = binReader.ReadBytes(arrayLength);
        if(verifyArray.Length != 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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