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BinaryFormatter.Serialize Method (Stream, Object, Header[])

Serializes the object, or graph of objects with the specified top (root), to the given stream attaching the provided headers.

Namespace:  System.Runtime.Serialization.Formatters.Binary
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public void Serialize(
	Stream serializationStream,
	Object graph,
	Header[] headers


Type: System.IO.Stream

The stream to which the object is to be serialized.

Type: System.Object

The object at the root of the graph to serialize.

Type: System.Runtime.Remoting.Messaging.Header[]

Remoting headers to include in the serialization. Can be null.


IRemotingFormatter.Serialize(Stream, Object, Header[])


The serializationStream is null.


An error has occurred during serialization, such as if an object in the graph parameter is not marked as serializable.


The caller does not have the required permission.

The serialization process includes the information supplied in the headers parameter at the front of the serialized stream.

Headers are used only for specific remoting applications.

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

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