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ArrayList.ToArray Method (Type)

Copies the elements of the ArrayList to a new array of the specified element type.

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

public virtual Array ToArray(
	Type type
)

Parameters

type
Type: System.Type

The element Type of the destination array to create and copy elements to.

Return Value

Type: System.Array
An array of the specified element type containing copies of the elements of the ArrayList.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

type is null.

InvalidCastException

The type of the source ArrayList cannot be cast automatically to the specified type.

All of the objects in the ArrayList object will be cast to the Type specified in the type parameter.

The elements are copied using Array.Copy, which is an O(n) operation, where n is Count.

The following copy example shows how to copy the elements of an ArrayList to a string array.

using System;
using System.Collections;

public class SamplesArrayList  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Creates and initializes a new ArrayList.
      ArrayList myAL = new ArrayList();
      myAL.Add( "The" );
      myAL.Add( "quick" );
      myAL.Add( "brown" );
      myAL.Add( "fox" );
      myAL.Add( "jumped" );
      myAL.Add( "over" );
      myAL.Add( "the" );
      myAL.Add( "lazy" );
      myAL.Add( "dog" );

      // Displays the values of the ArrayList.
      Console.WriteLine( "The ArrayList contains the following values:" );
      PrintIndexAndValues( myAL );

      // Copies the elements of the ArrayList to a string array.
      String[] myArr = (String[]) myAL.ToArray( typeof( string ) );

      // Displays the contents of the string array.
      Console.WriteLine( "The string array contains the following values:" );
      PrintIndexAndValues( myArr );

   }

   public static void PrintIndexAndValues( ArrayList myList )  {
      int i = 0;
      foreach ( Object o in myList )
         Console.WriteLine( "\t[{0}]:\t{1}", i++, o );
      Console.WriteLine();
   }

   public static void PrintIndexAndValues( String[] myArr )  {
      for ( int i = 0; i < myArr.Length; i++ )
         Console.WriteLine( "\t[{0}]:\t{1}", i, myArr[i] );
      Console.WriteLine();
   }
}


/* 
This code produces the following output.

The ArrayList contains the following values:
        [0]:    The
        [1]:    quick
        [2]:    brown
        [3]:    fox
        [4]:    jumped
        [5]:    over
        [6]:    the
        [7]:    lazy
        [8]:    dog

The string array contains the following values:
        [0]:    The
        [1]:    quick
        [2]:    brown
        [3]:    fox
        [4]:    jumped
        [5]:    over
        [6]:    the
        [7]:    lazy
        [8]:    dog

*/

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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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0
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