BitConverter.GetBytes Method (Char)

 
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Returns the specified Unicode character value as an array of bytes.

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

public static byte[] GetBytes(
	char value
)

Parameters

value
Type: System.Char

A character to convert.

Return Value

Type: System.Byte[]

An array of bytes with length 2.

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 Char values (Unicode characters) to Byte arrays with the GetBytes method.

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

class GetBytesCharDemo
{
    const string formatter = "{0,10}{1,16}";

    // Convert a char argument to a byte array and display it.
    public static void GetBytesChar( char 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( char ) " +
            "\nmethod generates the following output.\r\n" );
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, "char", "byte array" );
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, "----", "----------" );

        // Convert char values and display the results.
        GetBytesChar( '\0' );
        GetBytesChar( ' ' );
        GetBytesChar( '*' );
        GetBytesChar( '3' );
        GetBytesChar( 'A' );
        GetBytesChar( '[' );
        GetBytesChar( 'a' );
        GetBytesChar( '{' );
    }
}

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

      char      byte array
      ----      ----------
                     00-00
                     20-00
         *           2A-00
         3           33-00
         A           41-00
         [           5B-00
         a           61-00
         {           7B-00
*/

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Silverlight
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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