since: 2.26


const gchar*
g_variant_get_bytestring (
  GVariant* value


Returns the string value of a GVariant instance with an array-of-bytes type. The string has no particular encoding.

If the array does not end with a nul terminator character, the empty string is returned. For this reason, you can always trust that a non-NULL nul-terminated string will be returned by this function.

If the array contains a nul terminator character somewhere other than the last byte then the returned string is the string, up to the first such nul character.

g_variant_get_fixed_array() should be used instead if the array contains arbitrary data that could not be nul-terminated or could contain nul bytes.

It is an error to call this function with a value that is not an array of bytes.

The return value remains valid as long as value exists.

Available since: 2.26

Return value

Type: An array of guint8

     the constant string.

The array is NULL-terminated.
The data is owned by the instance.