C# | How to convert an ArrayList to Array
In C#, an array is a group of like-typed variables that are referred to by a common name. And each data item is called an element of the array. The data types of the elements may be any valid data type like char, int, float etc. and the elements are stored in a contiguous location.
ArrayList represents an ordered collection of an object that can be indexed individually. It is basically an alternative to an array. It allows dynamic memory allocation, adding, searching and sorting items in the list.
Below are the two methods for converting an ArrayList to an Array:
Method 1: Convert an ArrayList to Array of object
public virtual object ToArray ();
- It copy the elements of the ArrayList to a new Object array.
- It return an Object array containing copies of the elements of the ArrayList.
Example: In the below program, mylist is the ArrayList and we added 7 items to it which are the name of weekdays. Then we are creating an object array obj1 and using ToArray method with mylist we will assign the Arraylist elements to the object array. Finally, using foreach loop you can print the required converted array.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Method 2: Convert An ArrayList to Array of specified type
public virtual Array ToArray (Type t);
Here, t is the element Type of the destination array to create and copy elements.
- It copy the elements of the ArrayList to a new array of the specified element type.
- It return an array of the specified element type containing copies of the elements of the ArrayList.
- It throws ArgumentNullException if the value of t is null.
- It throws InvalidCastException if the type of the source ArrayList cannot be cast automatically to the specified type.
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Explanation of Code: Here, we are converting an ArrayList to Array of specified type i.e string type. For conversion, you have to use ToArray(Type) method along with typeof keyword. And then you have to explicitly cast it to the specified type. Here you can see the line of code, string str = (string)mylist.ToArray(typeof(string));. (string) is used for mylist to convert it to string array type. There is another alternative for this line of code as shown in below example.
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What will happen if the ArrayList doesn’t contain all the elements of the same type?
If the ArrayList doesn’t contain the elements of the same type then your conversion(ArrayList to Array) will throw InvalidCastException.
System.InvalidCastException: Specified cast is not valid.