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BitConverter.GetBytes Method (Single)

Returns the specified single-precision floating point value as an array of bytes.

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

public static byte[] GetBytes(
	float value
)

Parameters

value
Type: System.Single

The number to convert.

Return Value

Type: System.Byte[]
An array of bytes with length 4.

The order of bytes in the array returned by the GetBytes method depends on whether the computer architecture is little-endian or big-endian.

The following code example converts the bit patterns of Single values to Byte arrays with the GetBytes method.

// Example of the BitConverter.GetBytes( float ) method. 
using System;

class GetBytesSingleDemo
{
    const string formatter = "{0,16:E7}{1,20}";

    // Convert a float argument to a byte array and display it. 
    public static void GetBytesSingle( float argument )
    {
        byte[ ] byteArray = BitConverter.GetBytes( argument );
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, argument, 
            BitConverter.ToString( byteArray ) );
    }

    public static void Main( )
    {
        Console.WriteLine( 
            "This example of the BitConverter.GetBytes( float ) " +
            "\nmethod generates the following output.\n" );
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, "float", "byte array" );
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, "-----", "----------" );

        // Convert float values and display the results.
        GetBytesSingle( 0.0F );
        GetBytesSingle( 1.0F );
        GetBytesSingle( 15.0F );
        GetBytesSingle( 65535.0F );
        GetBytesSingle( 0.00390625F );
        GetBytesSingle( 0.00000000023283064365386962890625F );
        GetBytesSingle( 1.2345E-35F );
        GetBytesSingle( 1.2345671F );
        GetBytesSingle( 1.2345673F );
        GetBytesSingle( 1.2345677F );
        GetBytesSingle( 1.23456789E+35F );
        GetBytesSingle( float.MinValue );
        GetBytesSingle( float.MaxValue );
        GetBytesSingle( float.Epsilon );
        GetBytesSingle( float.NaN );
        GetBytesSingle( float.NegativeInfinity );
        GetBytesSingle( float.PositiveInfinity );
    }
}

/*
This example of the BitConverter.GetBytes( float )
method generates the following output.

           float          byte array
           -----          ----------
  0.0000000E+000         00-00-00-00
  1.0000000E+000         00-00-80-3F
  1.5000000E+001         00-00-70-41
  6.5535000E+004         00-FF-7F-47
  3.9062500E-003         00-00-80-3B
  2.3283064E-010         00-00-80-2F
  1.2345000E-035         49-46-83-05
  1.2345671E+000         4B-06-9E-3F
  1.2345673E+000         4D-06-9E-3F
  1.2345676E+000         50-06-9E-3F
  1.2345679E+035         1E-37-BE-79
 -3.4028235E+038         FF-FF-7F-FF
  3.4028235E+038         FF-FF-7F-7F
  1.4012985E-045         01-00-00-00
             NaN         00-00-C0-FF
       -Infinity         00-00-80-FF
        Infinity         00-00-80-7F
*/

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 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 8, Silverlight 8.1

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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