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BinaryFormatter.Serialize Method (Stream, Object)

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

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

abstract Serialize : 
        serializationStream:Stream * 
        graph:Object -> unit 
override Serialize : 
        serializationStream:Stream * 
        graph:Object -> unit 


Type: System.IO.Stream
The stream to which the graph is to be serialized.
Type: System.Object
The object at the root of the graph to serialize.


IFormatter.Serialize(Stream, Object)


The serializationStream is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


The graph 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.

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

.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

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.