Array.Resize<T> Method

Changes the number of elements of an array to the specified new size.

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

public static void Resize<T>(
	ref T[] array,
	int newSize
)

Type Parameters

T

The type of the elements of the array.

Parameters

array
Type: T[]%

The one-dimensional, zero-based array to resize, or null to create a new array with the specified size.

newSize
Type: System.Int32

The size of the new array.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentOutOfRangeException

newSize is less than zero.

This method allocates a new array with the specified size, copies elements from the old array to the new one, and then replaces the old array with the new one.

If array is null, this method creates a new array with the specified size.

If newSize is greater than the Length of the old array, a new array is allocated and all the elements are copied from the old array to the new one. If newSize is less than the Length of the old array, a new array is allocated and elements are copied from the old array to the new one until the new one is filled; the rest of the elements in the old array are ignored. If newSize is equal to the Length of the old array, this method does nothing.

This method is an O(n) operation, where n is newSize.

The following example shows how resizing affects the array.

using System;

public class SamplesArray  
{
    public static void Main()  {

        // Create and initialize a new string array.
        String[] myArr = {"The", "quick", "brown", "fox", "jumps", 
            "over", "the", "lazy", "dog"};

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

        // Resize the array to a bigger size (five elements larger).
        Array.Resize(ref myArr, myArr.Length + 5);

        // Display the values of the array.
        Console.WriteLine("After resizing to a larger size, ");
        Console.WriteLine("the string array contains the following values:");
        PrintIndexAndValues(myArr);

        // Resize the array to a smaller size (four elements).
        Array.Resize(ref myArr, 4);

        // Display the values of the array.
        Console.WriteLine("After resizing to a smaller size, ");
        Console.WriteLine("the string array contains the following values:");
        PrintIndexAndValues(myArr);
    }

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

/* 
This code produces the following output.

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

After resizing to a larger size, 
the string array contains the following values:
   [0] : The
   [1] : quick
   [2] : brown
   [3] : fox
   [4] : jumps
   [5] : over
   [6] : the
   [7] : lazy
   [8] : dog
   [9] :
   [10] :
   [11] :
   [12] :
   [13] :

After resizing to a smaller size, 
the string array contains the following values:
   [0] : The
   [1] : quick
   [2] : brown
   [3] : fox

*/

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0
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