File.WriteAllBytes() Method in C# with Examples

File.SetLastWriteTimeUtc(String) is an inbuilt File class method which is used to create a new file then writes the specified byte array to the file and then closes the file. If the target file already exists, it is overwritten.

Syntax:

public static void WriteAllBytes (string path, byte[] bytes);

Parameter: This function accepts two parameters which are illustrated below:

  • path: This is the specified file where the byte array is going to be written.
  • bytes: This is the specified bytes that are going to be written into the file.

Exceptions:

  • ArgumentException: The path is a zero-length string, contains only white space, or one or more invalid characters as defined by InvalidPathChars.
  • ArgumentNullException: The path is null or the byte array is empty.
  • PathTooLongException: The specified path, file name, or both exceed the system-defined maximum length.
  • DirectoryNotFoundException: The specified path is invalid.
  • IOException: An I/O error occurred while opening the file.
  • UnauthorizedAccessException: The path specified a file that is read-only. OR the path specified a file that is hidden. OR this operation is not supported on the current platform. OR the path specified a directory. OR the caller does not have the required permission.
  • NotSupportedException: The path is in an invalid format.
  • SecurityException: The caller does not have the required permission.

Below are the programs to illustrate the File.WriteAllBytes(String, Byte[]) method.



Program 1: Initially, no file was created. Below code, itself creates a file file.txt and writes some specified byte array and then finally close the file.

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// C# program to illustrate the usage
// of File.WriteAllBytes() method
  
// Using System, System.IO
// and System.Text namespaces
using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Text;
  
class GFG {
    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        // Specifing a file name
        var path = @"file.txt";
  
        // Specifing a byte array
        string text = "GFG is a CS portal.";
        byte[] data = Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(text);
  
        // Calling the WriteAllBytes() function
        // to write specified byte array to the file
        File.WriteAllBytes(path, data);
        Console.WriteLine("The data has been written to the file.");
    }
}

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Output:

The data has been written to the file.

Above code gives the output as shown above and creates a file with some specified contents shown below-

file.txt

Program 2: Initially, a file was created with some contents shown below:

file.txt

Below code, overwrites the above file contents with a specified byte array data.

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// C# program to illustrate the usage
// of File.WriteAllBytes() method
  
// Using System, System.IO
// and System.Text namespaces
using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Text;
  
class GFG {
    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        // Specifing a file name
        var path = @"file.txt";
  
        // Specifing a byte array data
        string text = "GeeksforGeeks";
        byte[] data = Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(text);
  
        // Calling the WriteAllBytes() function
        // to overwrite the file contents with the
        // specified byte array data
        File.WriteAllBytes(path, data);
        Console.WriteLine("The data has been overwritten to the file.");
    }
}

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Output:

The data has been overwritten to the file.

After running above code, the above output is shown and the file contents get overwritten which is shown below-

file.txt




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