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BitConverter.GetBytes Method (UInt64)

Returns the specified 64-bit unsigned integer value as an array of bytes.

This API is not CLS-compliant. 

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

public static byte[] GetBytes(
	ulong value


Type: System.UInt64
The number to convert.

Return Value

Type: System.Byte[]
An array of bytes with length 8.

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 UInt64 values to Byte arrays with the GetBytes method.

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

class GetBytesUInt64Demo
    const string formatter = "{0,22}{1,30}";

    // Convert a ulong argument to a byte array and display it.
    public static void GetBytesUInt64( ulong argument )
        byte[ ] byteArray = BitConverter.GetBytes( argument );
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, argument, 
            BitConverter.ToString( byteArray ) );

    public static void Main( )
            "This example of the BitConverter.GetBytes( ulong ) " +
            "\nmethod generates the following output.\n" );
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, "ulong", "byte array" );
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, "-----", "----------" );

        // Convert ulong values and display the results.
        GetBytesUInt64( 0xFFFFFF );
        GetBytesUInt64( 1000000000 );
        GetBytesUInt64( 0x100000000 );
        GetBytesUInt64( 0xAAAAAAAAAAAA );
        GetBytesUInt64( 1000000000000000000 );
        GetBytesUInt64( 10000000000000000000 );
        GetBytesUInt64( ulong.MinValue );
        GetBytesUInt64( long.MaxValue );
        GetBytesUInt64( ulong.MaxValue );

This example of the BitConverter.GetBytes( ulong )
method generates the following output.

                 ulong                    byte array
                 -----                    ----------
              16777215       FF-FF-FF-00-00-00-00-00
            1000000000       00-CA-9A-3B-00-00-00-00
            4294967296       00-00-00-00-01-00-00-00
       187649984473770       AA-AA-AA-AA-AA-AA-00-00
   1000000000000000000       00-00-64-A7-B3-B6-E0-0D
  10000000000000000000       00-00-E8-89-04-23-C7-8A
                     0       00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00
   9223372036854775807       FF-FF-FF-FF-FF-FF-FF-7F
  18446744073709551615       FF-FF-FF-FF-FF-FF-FF-FF

.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.

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