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Encoding.GetString Method (Byte[])

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

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

public virtual string GetString (
	byte[] bytes
public String GetString (
	byte[] bytes
public function GetString (
	bytes : byte[]
) : String



The byte array containing the sequence of bytes to decode.

Return Value

A String containing the results of decoding the specified sequence of bytes.

Exception typeCondition


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

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, use the Decoder or the Encoder provided by the GetDecoder method or the GetEncoder method, respectively, of a derived class.

The following code example demonstrates how to read a UTF-8 encoded string from a binary file.

private string ReadAuthor(Stream binary_file) {
  System.Text.Encoding encoding = System.Text.Encoding.UTF8;
  // Read string from binary file with UTF8 encoding
  byte[] buffer = new byte[30];
  binary_file.Read(buffer, 0, 30);
  return encoding.GetString(buffer);

private String ReadAuthor(Stream binary_file)
    System.Text.Encoding encoding = System.Text.Encoding.get_UTF8();

    // Read string from binary file with UTF8 encoding
    ubyte buffer[] = new ubyte[30];
    binary_file.Read(buffer, 0, 30);
    return encoding.GetString(buffer);
} //ReadAuthor

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0