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Buffer.ByteLength Method

Returns the number of bytes in the specified array.

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

public static int ByteLength(
	Array array
)

Parameters

array
Type: System.Array

An array.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The number of bytes in the array.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

array is null.

ArgumentException

array is not a primitive.

The following code example illustrates the use of the ByteLength method to return the number of bytes in an array.

// Example of the Buffer.ByteLength method. 
using System;

class ByteLengthDemo
{
    const string formatter = "{0,10}{1,20}{2,9}{3,12}";

    public static void ArrayInfo( Array arr, string name )
    {
        int byteLength = Buffer.ByteLength( arr );

        // Display the array name, type, Length, and ByteLength.
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, name, arr.GetType( ), 
            arr.Length, byteLength );
    }

    public static void Main( )
    {
        byte[ ]   bytes   = { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0 };
        bool[ ]   bools   = { true, false, true, false, true };
        char[ ]   chars   = { ' ', '$', '\"', 'A', '{' };
        short[ ]  shorts  = { 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263 };
        float[ ]  singles = { 1, 678, 2.37E33F, .00415F, 8.9F };
        double[ ] doubles = { 2E-22, .003, 4.4E44, 555E55 };
        long[ ]   longs   = { 1, 10, 100, 1000, 10000, 100000 };

        Console.WriteLine( 
            "This example of the Buffer.ByteLength( Array ) " +
            "\nmethod generates the following output.\n" );
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, "Array name", "Array type", 
            "Length", "ByteLength" );
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, "----------", "----------", 
            "------", "----------" );

        // Display the Length and ByteLength for each array.
        ArrayInfo( bytes, "bytes" );
        ArrayInfo( bools, "bools" );
        ArrayInfo( chars, "chars" );
        ArrayInfo( shorts, "shorts" );
        ArrayInfo( singles, "singles" );
        ArrayInfo( doubles, "doubles" );
        ArrayInfo( longs, "longs" );
    }
}

/*
This example of the Buffer.ByteLength( Array )
method generates the following output.

Array name          Array type   Length  ByteLength
----------          ----------   ------  ----------
     bytes       System.Byte[]       10          10
     bools    System.Boolean[]        5           5
     chars       System.Char[]        5          10
    shorts      System.Int16[]        6          12
   singles     System.Single[]        5          20
   doubles     System.Double[]        4          32
     longs      System.Int64[]        6          48
*/

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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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