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BinaryReader.ReadBytes Method (Int32)


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Reads the specified number of bytes from the current stream into a byte array and advances the current position by that number of bytes.

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

abstract ReadBytes : 
        count:int -> byte[]
override ReadBytes : 
        count:int -> byte[]


Type: System.Int32

The number of bytes to read. This value must be 0 or a non-negative number or an exception will occur.

Return Value

Type: System.Byte[]

A byte array containing data read from the underlying stream. This might be less than the number of bytes requested if the end of the stream is reached.

Exception Condition

The number of decoded characters to read is greater than count. This can happen if a Unicode decoder returns fallback characters or a surrogate pair.


An I/O error occurs.


The stream is closed.


count is negative.

BinaryReader does not restore the file position after an unsuccessful read operation.

For a list of common I/O tasks, see Common I-O Tasks.

The following code example shows how to write binary data using memory as a backing store, and then verify that the data was written correctly.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

This example reads the contents of a file and displays it to the console as dump text. The end of the file that is being read is detected when the length of the Byte array returned from ReadBytes is zero.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

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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