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C# | BitConverter.ToChar() Method
  • Last Updated : 14 May, 2021

This method is used to return a Unicode character converted from two bytes at a specified position in a byte array.
Syntax: 
 

public static char ToChar (byte[] value, int startIndex);

Parameters:
 

value: It is an array. 
startIndex: it is the starting position within value. 
 

Return Value: This method returns a character formed by two bytes beginning at startIndex.
Exceptions: 
 

ArgumentException: If the startIndex equals the length of value minus 1. 
ArgumentNullException: If the value is null. 
ArgumentOutOfRangeException: If the startIndex is less than zero or greater than the length of value minus 1. 
 



Below programs illustrate the use of BitConverter.ToChar(Byte[], Int32) Method:
Example 1:
 

CSHARP




// C# program to demonstrate
// BitConverter.ToChar(Byte[], Int32);
// Method
using System;
 
class GFG {
 
// Main Method
public static void Main()
{
 
    try {
 
        // Define an array of byte values.
        byte[] bytes = { 32, 0, 0, 42, 0, 65, 0, 125, 0,
                        197, 0, 168, 3, 41, 4, 125, 32 };
 
        // Display the values of the myArr.
        Console.Write("Initial Array: ");
 
        // calling the PrintIndexAndValues()
        // method to print
        PrintIndexAndValues(bytes);
 
        // print char value
        for (int index = 1; index < bytes.Length - 1;
                                index = index + 2) {
 
            char values = BitConverter.ToChar(bytes, index);
            Console.WriteLine("index element   char");
            Console.WriteLine(" {0}     {1}     {2}",
                            index, bytes[index], values);
        }
    }
    catch (ArgumentNullException e) {
 
        Console.Write("Exception Thrown: ");
        Console.Write("{0}", e.GetType(), e.Message);
    }
    catch (ArgumentOutOfRangeException e) {
 
        Console.Write("Exception Thrown: ");
        Console.Write("{0}", e.GetType(), e.Message);
    }
    catch (ArgumentException e) {
 
        Console.Write("Exception Thrown: ");
        Console.Write("{0}", e.GetType(), e.Message);
    }
}
 
// Defining the method
// PrintIndexAndValues
public static void PrintIndexAndValues(byte[] myArr)
{
    for (int i = 0; i < myArr.Length; i++) {
 
        Console.Write("{0} ", myArr[i]);
    }
 
    Console.WriteLine();
    Console.WriteLine();
    Console.WriteLine("initial Array in string: {0} ",
                       BitConverter.ToString(myArr));
    Console.WriteLine();
}
}

Output: 
 

Initial Array: 32 0 0 42 0 65 0 125 0 197 0 168 3 41 4 125 32 

initial Array in string: 20-00-00-2A-00-41-00-7D-00-C5-00-A8-03-29-04-7D-20 

index  element     char
  1      0         
index  element     char
  3      42         *
index  element     char
  5      65         A
index  element     char
  7      125         }
index  element     char
  9      197         ?
index  element     char
  11      168         ?
index  element     char
  13      41         ?
index  element     char
  15      125         ?

Example 2: For ArgumentException
 

CSHARP




// C# program to demonstrate
// BitConverter.ToChar(Byte[], Int32);
// Method
using System;
 
class GFG {
 
// Main Method
public static void Main()
{
 
    try {
 
        // Define an array of byte values.
        byte[] bytes = { 32, 0, 0, 42, 0, 65, 0, 125, 0,
                        197, 0, 168, 3, 41, 4, 125 };
 
        // Display the values of the myArr.
        Console.Write("Initial Array: ");
 
        // calling the PrintIndexAndValues()
        // method to print
        PrintIndexAndValues(bytes);
 
        // print char value
        for (int index = 1; index < bytes.Length;
                            index = index + 2) {
 
            if (index == bytes.Length - 1) {
                Console.WriteLine();
                Console.WriteLine("startIndex equals the "+
                               "length of value minus 1.");
                char values = BitConverter.ToChar(bytes, index);
            }
            else {
                char values = BitConverter.ToChar(bytes, index);
                Console.WriteLine("index element     char");
                Console.WriteLine(" {0}     {1}      {2}",
                                index, bytes[index], values);
            }
        }
    }
    catch (ArgumentNullException e) {
 
        Console.Write("Exception Thrown: ");
        Console.Write("{0}", e.GetType(), e.Message);
    }
    catch (ArgumentOutOfRangeException e) {
 
        Console.Write("Exception Thrown: ");
        Console.Write("{0}", e.GetType(), e.Message);
    }
    catch (ArgumentException e) {
 
        Console.Write("Exception Thrown: ");
        Console.Write("{0}", e.GetType(), e.Message);
    }
}
 
// Defining the method
// PrintIndexAndValues
public static void PrintIndexAndValues(byte[] myArr)
{
    for (int i = 0; i < myArr.Length; i++) {
 
        Console.Write("{0} ", myArr[i]);
    }
 
    Console.WriteLine();
    Console.WriteLine();
    Console.WriteLine("initial Array in string: {0} ",
                    BitConverter.ToString(myArr));
    Console.WriteLine();
}
}

Output: 
 

Initial Array: 32 0 0 42 0 65 0 125 0 197 0 168 3 41 4 125 

initial Array in string: 20-00-00-2A-00-41-00-7D-00-C5-00-A8-03-29-04-7D 

index  element     char
  1      0         
index  element     char
  3      42         *
index  element     char
  5      65         A
index  element     char
  7      125         }
index  element     char
  9      197         ?
index  element     char
  11      168         ?
index  element     char
  13      41         ?

startIndex equals the length of value minus 1.
Exception Thrown: System.ArgumentException

Example 3: For ArgumentOutOfRangeException
 

CSHARP




// C# program to demonstrate
// BitConverter.ToChar(Byte[], Int32);
// Method
using System;
 
class GFG {
 
// Main Method
public static void Main()
{
 
    try {
 
        // Define an array of byte values.
        byte[] bytes = { 32, 0, 0, 42, 0, 65, 0, 125, 0,
                        197, 0, 168, 3, 41, 4, 125 };
 
        // Display the values of the myArr.
        Console.Write("Initial Array: ");
 
        // calling the PrintIndexAndValues()
        // method to print
        PrintIndexAndValues(bytes);
 
        // print char value
        for (int index = 0; index < bytes.Length + 1;
                                 index = index + 2) {
 
            if (index == bytes.Length) {
                Console.WriteLine();
                Console.WriteLine("startIndex is greater than "+
                                "the length of value minus 1.");
                char values = BitConverter.ToChar(bytes, index);
            }
            else {
                char values = BitConverter.ToChar(bytes, index);
                Console.WriteLine("index element     char");
                Console.WriteLine(" {0}     {1}      {2}",
                                index, bytes[index], values);
            }
        }
    }
    catch (ArgumentNullException e) {
 
        Console.Write("Exception Thrown: ");
        Console.Write("{0}", e.GetType(), e.Message);
    }
    catch (ArgumentOutOfRangeException e) {
 
        Console.Write("Exception Thrown: ");
        Console.Write("{0}", e.GetType(), e.Message);
    }
    catch (ArgumentException e) {
 
        Console.Write("Exception Thrown: ");
        Console.Write("{0}", e.GetType(), e.Message);
    }
}
 
// Defining the method
// PrintIndexAndValues
public static void PrintIndexAndValues(byte[] myArr)
{
    for (int i = 0; i < myArr.Length; i++) {
 
        Console.Write("{0} ", myArr[i]);
    }
 
    Console.WriteLine();
    Console.WriteLine();
    Console.WriteLine("initial Array in string: {0} ",
                    BitConverter.ToString(myArr));
    Console.WriteLine();
}
}

Output: 
 

Initial Array: 32 0 0 42 0 65 0 125 0 197 0 168 3 41 4 125 

initial Array in string: 20-00-00-2A-00-41-00-7D-00-C5-00-A8-03-29-04-7D 

index  element     char
  0      32          
index  element     char
  2      0         ?
index  element     char
  4      0         ?
index  element     char
  6      0         ?
index  element     char
  8      0         ?
index  element     char
  10      0         ?
index  element     char
  12      3         ?
index  element     char
  14      4         ?

startIndex is greater than the length of value minus 1.
Exception Thrown: System.ArgumentOutOfRangeException

Example 4: For ArgumentNullException
 

CSHARP




// C# program to demonstrate
// BitConverter.ToChar(Byte[], Int32);
// Method
using System;
 
class GFG {
 
    // Main Method
    public static void Main()
    {
 
        try {
 
            // Define an array of byte values.
            byte[] bytes = null;
 
            // get the char value
 
            char values = BitConverter.ToChar(bytes, 0);
        }
        catch (ArgumentNullException e) {
 
            Console.Write("Exception Thrown: ");
            Console.Write("{0}", e.GetType(), e.Message);
        }
        catch (ArgumentOutOfRangeException e) {
 
            Console.Write("Exception Thrown: ");
            Console.Write("{0}", e.GetType(), e.Message);
        }
        catch (ArgumentException e) {
 
            Console.Write("Exception Thrown: ");
            Console.Write("{0}", e.GetType(), e.Message);
        }
    }
}

Output: 
 

Exception Thrown: System.ArgumentNullException

Reference: 
 

 

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