Compress and decompress strings in C#

A couple of days ago, I had to store some verybig strings in an XML file. To keep the file size down I wanted tocompress the strings using a GZipStream and then decompress them laterwhen needed.

I modified the methods from Papenoo pa so they handled strings in stead of byte arrays.

using System.IO.Compression;
using System.Text;
using System.IO;

public static string Compress(string text)
byte[] buffer = Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(text);
MemoryStream ms = new MemoryStream();
using (GZipStream zip = new GZipStream(ms, CompressionMode.Compress, true))
zip.Write(buffer, 0, buffer.Length);

ms.Position = 0;
MemoryStream outStream = new MemoryStream();

byte[] compressed = new byte[ms.Length];
ms.Read(compressed, 0, compressed.Length);

byte[] gzBuffer = new byte[compressed.Length + 4];
System.Buffer.BlockCopy(compressed, 0, gzBuffer, 4, compressed.Length);
System.Buffer.BlockCopy(BitConverter.GetBytes(buffer.Length), 0, gzBuffer, 0, 4);
return Convert.ToBase64String (gzBuffer);

public static string Decompress(string compressedText)
byte[] gzBuffer = Convert.FromBase64String(compressedText);
using (MemoryStream ms = new MemoryStream())
int msgLength = BitConverter.ToInt32(gzBuffer, 0);
ms.Write(gzBuffer, 4, gzBuffer.Length – 4);

byte[] buffer = new byte[msgLength];

ms.Position = 0;
using (GZipStream zip = new GZipStream(ms, CompressionMode.Decompress))
zip.Read(buffer, 0, buffer.Length);

return Encoding.UTF8.GetString(buffer);

The strings need to be longer than 3-400 characters; otherwise the compression rate is not good enough.

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