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Marshal.SizeOf Method (Object)

Returns the unmanaged size of an object in bytes.

Namespace:  System.Runtime.InteropServices
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
[SecurityPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, Flags = SecurityPermissionFlag.UnmanagedCode)]
public static int SizeOf(
	Object structure
)

Parameters

structure
Type: System.Object

The object whose size is to be returned.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The size of the structure parameter in unmanaged code.
ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

The structure parameter is null.

This method accepts an instance of a structure, which can be a reference type or a boxed value type. The layout must be sequential or explicit.

The size returned is the size of the unmanaged object. The unmanaged and managed sizes of an object can differ. For character types, the size is affected by the CharSet value applied to that class.

You can use the SizeOf method to determine how much unmanaged memory to allocate using the AllocHGlobal and AllocCoTaskMem methods.

NoteNote:

This method uses SecurityAction.LinkDemand to prevent it from being called from untrusted code; only the immediate caller is required to have SecurityPermissionAttribute.UnmanagedCode permission. If your code can be called from partially trusted code, do not pass user input to Marshal class methods without validation. For important limitations on using the LinkDemand member, see Demand vs. LinkDemand.

The following code example creates a managed structure, transfers it to unmanaged memory, and then transfers it back to managed memory. This example uses the SizeOf method to determine how much unmanaged memory to allocate.

using System;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

public struct Point
{
    public int x;
    public int y;
}

class Example
{

    static void Main()
    {

        // Create a point struct.
        Point p;
        p.x = 1;
        p.y = 1;

        Console.WriteLine("The value of first point is " + p.x + " and " + p.y + ".");

        // Initialize unmanged memory to hold the struct.
        IntPtr pnt = Marshal.AllocHGlobal(Marshal.SizeOf(p));

        try
        {

            // Copy the struct to unmanaged memory.
            Marshal.StructureToPtr(p, pnt, false);

            // Create another point.
            Point anotherP;

            // Set this Point to the value of the  
            // Point in unmanaged memory. 
            anotherP = (Point)Marshal.PtrToStructure(pnt, typeof(Point));

            Console.WriteLine("The value of new point is " + anotherP.x + " and " + anotherP.y + ".");

        }
        finally
        {
            // Free the unmanaged memory.
            Marshal.FreeHGlobal(pnt);
        }



    }

}

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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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