Convert Byte Array To String In C#

Convert C# Byte Array To String

This code snippet is an example of how to convert a byte array into a string. String conversion includes two types. First, conversion and display of C# byte array into a string format, and second, conversion of C# bytes into actual characters of the string.

Convert Byte Array To String

The BitConverter class in .NET Framework provides functionality to convert base datatypes to an array of bytes, and an array of bytes to base data types.

The BitConverter class has a static overloaded GetBytes method that takes an integer, double, or other base type value and converts that to an array of bytes. The BitConverter class also has other static methods to reverse this conversion. Some of these methods are ToDouble, ToChart, ToBoolean, ToInt16, and ToSingle.

The following code snippet converts a byte array into a string. 

string bitString = BitConverter.ToString(bytes);  

The following code snippet converts a byte array into an actual character representation of bytes in a string. 

string utfString = Encoding.UTF8.GetString(bytes, 0, bytes.Length);   

Listing 1 is the complete source code. The code is tested in .NET Core 2.2 and C#.

using System;  
using System.Text;  
using System.Security.Cryptography;  
class Program  
    static void Main(string[] args)  
        string plainData = "Mahesh Chand is the founder of C# Corner and an author and speaker.";  
        Console.WriteLine("Raw data: {0}", plainData);  
        // Sha1  
        Console.WriteLine("============SHA1 Hash=============");  
        // Create SHA1Managed  
        using (SHA1Managed sha1 = new SHA1Managed())  
            // ComputeHash - returns byte array  
            byte[] bytes = sha1.ComputeHash(Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(plainData));  
            // Merge all bytes into a string of bytes  
            StringBuilder builder = new StringBuilder();  
            for (int i = 0; i < bytes.Length; i++)  
            // BitConverter can also be used to put all bytes into one string  
            string bitString = BitConverter.ToString(bytes);  
            // UTF conversion - String from bytes  
            string utfString = Encoding.UTF8.GetString(bytes, 0, bytes.Length);  
            // ASCII conversion - string from bytes  
            string asciiString = Encoding.ASCII.GetString(bytes, 0, bytes.Length);  

Listing 1.

Figure 1 is the output of Listing 1. 


Figure 1. 

Learn more here: Everything about String In C# 

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