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memcmp (msvcrt)
Very fast comparison of byte arrays.

C# Signature:

[DllImport("msvcrt.dll", CallingConvention=CallingConvention.Cdecl)]
static extern int memcmp(byte[] b1, byte[] b2, UIntPtr count);

Alternative Managed API:

Enumerable.SequenceEqual see:



Tips & Tricks:

When calling memcmp via pinvoke there is no need to use unsafe code or pinning because the framework will automatically pin the arrays for you.

Sample Code:


//Extension Method example
public static class ByteArrayExtensions
   [DllImport("msvcrt.dll", CallingConvention=CallingConvention.Cdecl)]
   private static extern int memcmp(byte[] b1, byte[] b2, UIntPtr count);

   public static bool SequenceEqual(this byte[] b1, byte[] b2)
      if (b1 == b2) return true; //reference equality check

      if (b1 == null || b2 == null || b1.Length != b2.Length) return false;

      return memcmp(b1, b2, new UIntPtr((uint)b1.Length)) == 0;


Added (x86 and x64) signature and example.
Removed SetLastError attribute from bottom 2 signatures as memset does not use this API.
Removed confusing signatures

memcmp on MSDN

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