Published Jul 14, 2023Updated Oct 12, 2023
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The .CopyTo() method in C# provides the ability to copy elements from one array to another or to a specific location within an array.

It offers a convenient way to duplicate array contents, ensuring that the target array holds the same values in the specified range. By specifying the destination array and the starting index, precise control over the element copying process is achieved, facilitating efficient data manipulation and array operations.


CopyTo(destinationArray, destinationIndex)

The destinationArray parameter is the target array where the elements will be copied to, and the destinationIndex parameter represents the starting index in the destinationArray where the elements will be copied.


In this example, there is a source array named sourceArray with elements [10, 20, 30, 40, 50]. A destination array named destinationArray is created with the size 6. Then, the .CopyTo() method is used to copy elements from sourceArray to destinationArray, starting at index 1.

using System;
class CopyTo
static void Main(string[] args)
int[] sourceArray = { 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 };
int[] destinationArray = new int[6];
sourceArray.CopyTo(destinationArray, 1);
Console.WriteLine("Source Array:");
Console.WriteLine("Destination Array:");
static void PrintArray(int[] array)
foreach (int element in array)
Console.Write(element + " ");

The output for the above code will be:

Source Array:
10 20 30 40 50
Destination Array:
0 10 20 30 40 50

Codebyte Example

This example is runnable and shows another implementation of the CopyTo() method. The codebyte down below will throw a Unhandled Exception error which can be solved by referring to the above entry.

Note: Copying arrays requires compatibility between the source and destination: if the destination array is too small to accommodate the values of the source array an Unhandled Exception will be thrown.

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