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Hi guys,

I convert an array of Byte to String by this method:
my array of Byte is myArray that i get it form another place,
So, i do not know the code page that used to get it

StringBuilder StringPlus = new StringBuilder();
for (int i = 0; i < myArray.Length; i++)

I want to convert from String to Byte whereas the resulted Array equal to my first
Important note:
I do not know the Without knowing the code page that used to get the original array myArray

i want that:
convert from Byte array to string then to Byte array again
Not from string to Byte array then to string
Updated 22-Jun-11 14:48pm
madper 19-Jun-11 20:53pm
I was try all the method mentioned here to convert a bytes array into string. Everything goes nice until i have a byte value that will be converted into char '\0' that means End Of String. So when i try to print my string result, the string was truncated there at that point.

Can anyone give a solution for this?

Thanks before.
MrLonely_2 22-Jun-11 20:51pm
Thanks man ,
can u give me the code to try solve it with u

String can be converted do byte array in few different ways, due to the following fact: .NET supports Unicode, and Unicode standardizes several difference encodings called UTFs. They have different lengths of byte representation but are equivalent in that sense that when a string is encoded, it can be coded back to the string, but if the string is encoded with one UTF and decoded in assumption of different UTF, if can be screwed up.

Also, .NET supports non-Unicode encodings, but they are not valid in general case (will be valid only if a limited sub-set of Unicode code point is used in an actual string, such as ASCII). Internally, .NET supports UTF-16, but for stream representation UTF-8 is usually used. It is also a standard-de-facto for Internet.

Not surprisingly, serialization of string into array of byte and deserialization is supported by the class System.Text.Encoding, which is an abstract class; its derived classes support concrete encodings: ASCIIEncoding and four UTFs (System.Text.UnicodeEncoding supports UTF-16).


For serialization to array of bytes use System.Text.Encoding.GetBytes. For the inverse operation use System.Text.Encoding.GetChars. This function returns array of characters, so to get a string, use a string constructor System.String(char[]).



string myString = //... some string

System.Text.Encoding encoding = System.Text.Encoding.UTF8; //or some other, but prefer some UTF is Unicode is used
byte[] bytes = encoding.GetBytes(myString);

//next lines are written in response to a follow-up questions:

myString = new string(encoding.GetChars(bytes));
byte[] bytes = encoding.GetBytes(myString);
myString = new string(encoding.GetChars(bytes));
byte[] bytes = encoding.GetBytes(myString);

//how many times shall I repeat it to show there is a round-trip? :-)

MrLonely_2 14-Jun-11 23:15pm
Thank you,... but can u give me an Example please.
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov 17-Jun-11 23:28pm
OK, see the update (after [EDIT]).
If it's clear now, please formally accept the answer (green button).
If not yet, please ask your questions.
MrLonely_2 22-Jun-11 20:47pm
Thanks, but i want that:
convert from Byte array to string then to Byte array again....... not from string to Byte array then to string
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov 22-Jun-11 23:23pm
Is is so hard to understand this is the same?
OK. Look at the updated code. Don't rush. Can you see it now?
Can you read the referenced MSDN page on encoding and understand ***yourself*** how it works?

Any questions?
MrLonely_2 24-Jun-11 15:34pm
Ok thanks man
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov 24-Jun-11 17:17pm
You're welcome.
Good luck, call again,
//string to byte array
string theMessage = "This is a message!";
byte[] bytes = Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(theMessage);
//byte array to string
string theMessage2 = Encoding.ASCII.GetString(bytes);
//string to byte array
String str = "Hello";
byte[] btarr = ASCIIEncoding.ASCII.GetBytes(str);

//byte array to string
StringBuilder StringPlus = new StringBuilder();
for (int i = 0; i < btarr.Length; i++)
MrLonely_2 14-Jun-11 23:16pm
Thanks man but the resulted Array not matches the original arrray
try this.

//Test string
string str = "Test";
//Array containing the bytes from the teststring.
byte[] arr = System.Text.Encoding.Default.GetBytes(str);
//Convert byte array back into a string.
string str2 = System.Text.Encoding.Default.GetString(arr);

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