Tony_Henrich Tony_Henrich - 1 month ago 14
C# Question

Best way to read a large file into a byte array in C#?

I have a web server which will read large binary files (several megabytes) into byte arrays. The server could be reading several files at the same time (different page requests), so I am looking for the most optimized way for doing this without taxing the CPU too much. Is the code below good enough?

public byte[] FileToByteArray(string fileName)
{
byte[] buff = null;
FileStream fs = new FileStream(fileName,
FileMode.Open,
FileAccess.Read);
BinaryReader br = new BinaryReader(fs);
long numBytes = new FileInfo(fileName).Length;
buff = br.ReadBytes((int) numBytes);
return buff;
}

Answer

Simply replace the whole thing with:

return File.ReadAllBytes(fileName);

However, if you are concerned about the memory consumption, you should not read the whole file into memory all at once at all. You should do that in chunks.