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BitConverter.GetBytes Method (UInt16)


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Returns the specified 16-bit unsigned integer value as an array of bytes.

This API is not CLS-compliant.

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

public static byte[] GetBytes(
	ushort value


Type: System.UInt16

The number to convert.

Return Value

Type: System.Byte[]

An array of bytes with length 2.

The order of bytes in the array returned by the GetBytes method depends on whether the computer architecture is little-endian or big-endian.

The following code example converts the bit patterns of UInt16 values to Byte arrays with the GetBytes method.

// Example of the BitConverter.GetBytes( ushort ) method.
using System;

class GetBytesUInt16Demo
    const string formatter = "{0,10}{1,13}";

    // Convert a ushort argument to a byte array and display it.
    public static void GetBytesUInt16( ushort argument )
        byte[ ] byteArray = BitConverter.GetBytes( argument );
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, argument, 
            BitConverter.ToString( byteArray ) );

    public static void Main( )
            "This example of the BitConverter.GetBytes( ushort ) " +
            "\nmethod generates the following output.\n" );
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, "ushort", "byte array" );
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, "------", "----------" );

        // Convert ushort values and display the results.
        GetBytesUInt16( 15 );
        GetBytesUInt16( 1023 );
        GetBytesUInt16( 10000 );
        GetBytesUInt16( ushort.MinValue );
        GetBytesUInt16( (ushort)short.MaxValue );
        GetBytesUInt16( ushort.MaxValue );

This example of the BitConverter.GetBytes( ushort )
method generates the following output.

    ushort   byte array
    ------   ----------
        15        0F-00
      1023        FF-03
     10000        10-27
         0        00-00
     32767        FF-7F
     65535        FF-FF

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
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