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Bitmap.GetPixel Method

Gets the color of the specified pixel in this Bitmap.

Namespace: System.Drawing
Assembly: System.Drawing (in system.drawing.dll)

public Color GetPixel (
	int x,
	int y
public Color GetPixel (
	int x, 
	int y
public function GetPixel (
	x : int, 
	y : int
) : Color
Not applicable.



The x-coordinate of the pixel to retrieve.


The y-coordinate of the pixel to retrieve.

Return Value

A Color structure that represents the color of the specified pixel.

Exception typeCondition


x is less than 0, or greater than or equal to Width.


y is less than 0, or greater than or equal to Height


The operation failed.

The following code example is designed for use with Windows Forms, and it requires PaintEventArgse, which is a parameter of the Paint event handler. The code gets the color of a pixel in a bitmap, and then fills a rectangle with that color.

private void GetPixel_Example(PaintEventArgs e)
    // Create a Bitmap object from an image file.
    Bitmap myBitmap = new Bitmap("Grapes.jpg");
    // Get the color of a pixel within myBitmap.
    Color pixelColor = myBitmap.GetPixel(50, 50);
    // Fill a rectangle with pixelColor.
    SolidBrush pixelBrush = new SolidBrush(pixelColor);
    e.Graphics.FillRectangle(pixelBrush, 0, 0, 100, 100);

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0
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