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How to convert byte array to string


Question

I created a byte array with two strings. How do I convert a byte array to string?

var binWriter = new BinaryWriter(new MemoryStream());
binWriter.Write("value1");
binWriter.Write("value2");
binWriter.Seek(0, SeekOrigin.Begin);

byte[] result = reader.ReadBytes((int)binWriter.BaseStream.Length);

I want to convert result to a string. I could do it using BinaryReader, but I cannot use BinaryReader (it is not supported).

2019/06/14
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6/14/2019 5:56:09 PM

Accepted Answer

Depending on the encoding you wish to use:

var str = System.Text.Encoding.Default.GetString(result);
2012/07/25
1127
7/25/2012 4:41:52 PM

Assuming that you are using UTF-8 encoding:

string convert = "This is the string to be converted";

// From string to byte array
byte[] buffer = System.Text.Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(convert);

// From byte array to string
string s = System.Text.Encoding.UTF8.GetString(buffer, 0, buffer.Length);
2015/11/02

You can do it without dealing with encoding by using BlockCopy:

char[] chars = new char[bytes.Length / sizeof(char)];
System.Buffer.BlockCopy(bytes, 0, chars, 0, bytes.Length);
string str = new string(chars);
2013/12/19

To convert the byte[] to string[], simply use the below line.

byte[] fileData; // Some byte array
//Convert byte[] to string[]
var table = (Encoding.Default.GetString(
                 fileData, 
                 0, 
                 fileData.Length - 1)).Split(new string[] { "\r\n", "\r", "\n" },
                                             StringSplitOptions.None);
2013/12/19