Convert from BitArray to Byte


Question

I have a BitArray with the length of 8, and I need a function to convert it to a byte. How to do it?

Specifically, I need a correct function of ConvertToByte:

BitArray bit = new BitArray(new bool[]
{
    false, false, false, false,
    false, false, false, true
});

//How to write ConvertToByte
byte myByte = ConvertToByte(bit);
var recoveredBit = new BitArray(new[] { myByte });
Assert.AreEqual(bit, recoveredBit);
1
31
1/10/2017 11:38:41 PM

Accepted Answer

This should work:

byte ConvertToByte(BitArray bits)
{
    if (bits.Count != 8)
    {
        throw new ArgumentException("bits");
    }
    byte[] bytes = new byte[1];
    bits.CopyTo(bytes, 0);
    return bytes[0];
}
49
2/18/2009 7:17:37 AM

A bit late post, but this works for me:

public static byte[] BitArrayToByteArray(BitArray bits)
{
    byte[] ret = new byte[(bits.Length - 1) / 8 + 1];
    bits.CopyTo(ret, 0);
    return ret;
}

Works with:

string text = "Test";
byte[] bytes = System.Text.Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(text);
BitArray bits = new BitArray(bytes);
bytes[] bytesBack = BitArrayToByteArray(bits);
string textBack = System.Text.Encoding.ASCII.GetString(bytesBack);
// bytes == bytesBack
// text = textBack

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