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Convert a byte array to a string in C#

There are many ways to convert byte array to String in C#

1) Using Encoding.GetString() method

In below example bytes is an array of bytes.

string str = Encoding.Default.GetString(bytes);

2) Using Convert.ToBase64String() method

In below example bytes is an array of bytes.

string str = Convert.ToBase64String(bytes);

3) Using MemoryStream Class

In below example we created a method called BytesToString() this method take byte array as parameter and return the converted string, in this method we are using MemoryStream and StreamReader to do the conversion.

Note: Remember to add the below using:

using System;
using System.Text;
using System.IO;

Example

 static string BytesToString(byte[] bytes)
    {
        using (MemoryStream stream = new MemoryStream(bytes))
        {
            using (StreamReader streamReader = new StreamReader(stream)) {
                return streamReader.ReadToEnd();
            }
        }
    }

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