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Encoding.GetString Method (Byte[], Int32, Int32)

When overridden in a derived class, decodes a sequence of bytes from the specified byte array into a string.

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

abstract GetString : 
        bytes:byte[] * 
        index:int * 
        count:int -> string 
override GetString : 
        bytes:byte[] * 
        index:int * 
        count:int -> string 


Type: System.Byte[]
The byte array containing the sequence of bytes to decode.
Type: System.Int32
The index of the first byte to decode.
Type: System.Int32
The number of bytes to decode.

Return Value

Type: System.String
A String containing the results of decoding the specified sequence of bytes.


The byte array contains invalid Unicode code points.


bytes is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


index or count is less than zero.


index and count do not denote a valid range in bytes.


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


DecoderFallback is set to DecoderExceptionFallback.

If the data to be converted is available only in sequential blocks (such as data read from a stream) or if the amount of data is so large that it needs to be divided into smaller blocks, the application should use the Decoder or the Encoder provided by the GetDecoder method or the GetEncoder method, respectively, of a derived class.

See the Remarks under Encoding.GetChars for more discussion of decoding techniques and considerations.

The following example reads a UTF-8 encoded string from a binary file that is represented by a FileStream object. For files that are smaller than 2,048 bytes, it reads the contents of the entire file into a byte array and calls the GetString method to perform the decoding. For larger files, it reads 2,048 bytes at a time into a byte array, calls the Decoder.GetCharCount(Byte[], Int32, Int32) method to determine how many characters are contained in the array, and then calls the Decoder.GetChars(Byte[], Int32, Int32, Char[], Int32) method to perform the decoding.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

The example uses the following text, which should be saved to a Utf-8 encoded file named Utf8Example.txt.

This is a UTF-8-encoded file that contains primarily Latin text, although it 
does list the first twelve letters of the Russian (Cyrillic) alphabet:

А б в г д е ё ж з и й к

The goal is to save this file, then open and decode it as a binary stream.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 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

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.