RtlDowncaseUnicodeString function (ntifs.h)

The RtlDowncaseUnicodeString routine converts the specified Unicode source string to lowercase. The translation conforms to the current system locale information.


NTSYSAPI NTSTATUS RtlDowncaseUnicodeString(
       PUNICODE_STRING  DestinationString,
  [in] PCUNICODE_STRING SourceString,
  [in] BOOLEAN          AllocateDestinationString



Pointer to a caller-allocated buffer to receive the converted Unicode string. If AllocateDestinationString is FALSE, the caller must also allocate a buffer for the Buffer member of DestinationString to hold the Unicode data. If AllocateDestinationString is TRUE, RtlDowncaseUnicodeString allocates a buffer large enough to hold the string, passes a pointer to it in Buffer, and updates the length and maximum length members of DestinationString accordingly.

[in] SourceString

Pointer to the source Unicode string to be converted to lowercase.

[in] AllocateDestinationString

Set to TRUE if RtlDowncaseUnicodeString should allocate the buffer space for the DestinationString, FALSE otherwise. If this parameter is TRUE, the caller is responsible for freeing the buffer when it is no longer needed by calling RtlFreeUnicodeString.

Return value

If the operation succeeds, RtlDowncaseUnicodeString returns STATUS_SUCCESS. Otherwise, no storage was allocated and no conversion was done.


If caller sets AllocateDestinationString to TRUE, RtlDowncaseUnicodeString replaces the Buffer member of DestinationString with a pointer to the buffer it allocates. The old value can be overwritten even when the routine returns an error status code.

RtlDowncaseUnicodeString does not modify the source string.

For information about other string-handling routines, see Run-Time Library (RTL) Routines.


Requirement Value
Target Platform Universal
Header ntifs.h (include Ntifs.h)
Library NtosKrnl.lib
DLL NtosKrnl.exe

See also