BitConverter.IsLittleEndian Field


Indicates the byte order ("endianness") in which data is stored in this computer architecture.

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

Public Shared ReadOnly IsLittleEndian As Boolean

Field Value

Type: System.Boolean

true if the architecture is little-endian; false if it is big-endian.

Different computer architectures store data using different byte orders. "Big-endian" means the most significant byte is on the left end of a word. "Little-endian" means the most significant byte is on the right end of a word.


You can convert from network byte order to the byte order of the host computer without retrieving the value of the BitConverter.IsLittleEndian field by passing a 16-bit, 32-bit, or 64 bit integer to the IPAddress.HostToNetworkOrder method.

The following code example illustrates the use of the IsLittleEndian field.

' Example of the BitConverter.IsLittleEndian field.
Imports System
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic

Module LittleEndDemo
    Sub Main( )
        Console.WriteLine( _
            "This example of the BitConverter.IsLittleEndian " & _
            "field generates " & vbCrLf & "the following output " & _
            "when run on x86-class computers." & vbCrLf )
        Console.WriteLine( "IsLittleEndian:  {0}", _
            BitConverter.IsLittleEndian )
    End Sub 
End Module

' This example of the BitConverter.IsLittleEndian field generates
' the following output when run on x86-class computers.
' IsLittleEndian:  True

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