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CryptographicBuffer class

Contains static methods that implement data management functionality common to cryptographic operations.


var cryptographicBuffer = Windows.Security.Cryptography.CryptographicBuffer;




The CryptographicBuffer class has these types of members:


The CryptographicBuffer class has these methods. With C#, Visual Basic, and C++, it also inherits methods from the Object class.

Compare Compares two IBuffer objects.
ConvertBinaryToString Converts a buffer to an encoded string.
ConvertStringToBinary Converts a string to an encoded buffer.
CopyToByteArray Copies a buffer to an array of bytes.
CreateFromByteArray Creates a buffer from an input byte array.
DecodeFromBase64String Decodes a string that has been base64 encoded.
DecodeFromHexString Decodes a string that has been hexadecimal encoded.
EncodeToBase64String Encodes a buffer to a base64 string.
EncodeToHexString Encodes a buffer to a hexadecimal string.
GenerateRandom Creates a buffer that contains random data.
GenerateRandomNumber Creates a random number.



public void CryptographicBufferOverview()
    // 1. Generate random data.
    UInt32 buffLength = 32;
    IBuffer buffRnd = CryptographicBuffer.GenerateRandom(buffLength);
    String strRndData = CryptographicBuffer.EncodeToHexString(buffRnd);

    // 2. Generate a random number.
    UInt32 Rnd = CryptographicBuffer.GenerateRandomNumber();

    // 3. Decode a Base 64 string to a buffer and encode the buffer to a Base64 string.
    String strBase64v1 = "uiwyeroiugfyqcajkds897945234==";
    IBuffer buffFromBase64 = CryptographicBuffer.DecodeFromBase64String(strBase64v1);
    String strBase64v2 = CryptographicBuffer.EncodeToBase64String(buffFromBase64);

    // 4. Decode a hexadecimal string to a buffer and encode the buffer to a hexadecimal string.
    String strHexv1 = "30310AFF";
    IBuffer buffFromHex = CryptographicBuffer.DecodeFromHexString(strHexv1);
    String strHexv2 = CryptographicBuffer.EncodeToHexString(buffFromHex);

    // 5. Convert a strings to binary data and convert binary data to strings.
    String strIn = "Input String";
    IBuffer buffUTF16BE = CryptographicBuffer.ConvertStringToBinary(strIn, BinaryStringEncoding.Utf16BE);
    String  strUTF16BE  = CryptographicBuffer.ConvertBinaryToString(BinaryStringEncoding.Utf16BE, buffUTF16BE);
    IBuffer buffUTF16LE = CryptographicBuffer.ConvertStringToBinary(strIn, BinaryStringEncoding.Utf16LE);
    String  strUTF16LE  = CryptographicBuffer.ConvertBinaryToString(BinaryStringEncoding.Utf16LE, buffUTF16LE);
    IBuffer buffUTF8 = CryptographicBuffer.ConvertStringToBinary(strIn, BinaryStringEncoding.Utf8);
    String  strUTF8  = CryptographicBuffer.ConvertBinaryToString(BinaryStringEncoding.Utf8, buffUTF8);

    // 6. Create a buffer from a byte array and create a byte array from a buffer,
    byte[] arrByte = { 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 };
    IBuffer buffFromByteArr = CryptographicBuffer.CreateFromByteArray(arrByte);
    byte[] arrByteNew;
    CryptographicBuffer.CopyToByteArray(buffFromByteArr, out arrByteNew);

    // 7. Compare two buffers. The following Boolean value is true because the code points are equal.
    String strHex = "30310aff";
    String strBase64 = "MDEK/w==";
    IBuffer buff1 = CryptographicBuffer.DecodeFromHexString(strHex);
    IBuffer buff2 = CryptographicBuffer.DecodeFromBase64String(strBase64);
    Boolean bVal = CryptographicBuffer.Compare(buff1, buff2);


Requirements (device family)

Device family


API contract

Windows.Foundation.UniversalApiContract, introduced version 1.0


Windows::Security::Cryptography [C++]



Requirements (operating system)

Minimum supported client

Windows 8 [Windows Store apps, desktop apps]

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2012 [Windows Store apps, desktop apps]

Minimum supported phone

Windows Phone 8.1 [Windows Runtime apps only]


Windows::Security::Cryptography [C++]



See also




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