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Console.WriteLine Method (String, Object[])

Writes the text representation of the specified array of objects, followed by the current line terminator, to the standard output stream using the specified format information.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

[HostProtectionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, UI = true)]
public static void WriteLine(
	string format,
	params Object[] arg
)

Parameters

format
Type: System.String

A composite format string (see Remarks).

arg
Type: System.Object[]

An array of objects to write using format.

ExceptionCondition
IOException

An I/O error occurred.

ArgumentNullException

format or arg is null.

FormatException

The format specification in format is invalid.

This method uses the composite formatting feature of the .NET Framework to convert the value of an object to its text representation and embed that representation in a string. The resulting string is written to the output stream.

The format parameter consists of zero or more runs of text intermixed with zero or more indexed placeholders, called format items, that correspond to an object in the parameter list of this method. The formatting process replaces each format item with the text representation of the value of the corresponding object.

The syntax of a format item is {index[,alignment][:formatString]}, which specifies a mandatory index, the optional length and alignment of the formatted text, and an optional string of format specifier characters that govern how the value of the corresponding object is formatted.

The .NET Framework provides extensive formatting support, which is described in greater detail in the following formatting topics.

For more information about the line terminator, see the Remarks section of the WriteLine method that takes no parameters.

NoteNote

The HostProtectionAttribute attribute applied to this type or member has the following Resources property value: UI. The HostProtectionAttribute does not affect desktop applications (which are typically started by double-clicking an icon, typing a command, or entering a URL in a browser). For more information, see the HostProtectionAttribute class or SQL Server Programming and Host Protection Attributes.

The following example demonstrates the standard formatting specifiers for numbers, dates, and enumerations.

// This code example demonstrates the Console.WriteLine() method. 
// Formatting for this example uses the "en-US" culture.

using System;
class Sample 
{
    enum Color {Yellow = 1, Blue, Green};
    static DateTime thisDate = DateTime.Now;

    public static void Main() 
    {
    Console.Clear();

// Format a negative integer or floating-point number in various ways.
    Console.WriteLine("Standard Numeric Format Specifiers");
    Console.WriteLine(
        "(C) Currency: . . . . . . . . {0:C}\n" +
        "(D) Decimal:. . . . . . . . . {0:D}\n" +
        "(E) Scientific: . . . . . . . {1:E}\n" +
        "(F) Fixed point:. . . . . . . {1:F}\n" +
        "(G) General:. . . . . . . . . {0:G}\n" +
        "    (default):. . . . . . . . {0} (default = 'G')\n" +
        "(N) Number: . . . . . . . . . {0:N}\n" +
        "(P) Percent:. . . . . . . . . {1:P}\n" +
        "(R) Round-trip: . . . . . . . {1:R}\n" +
        "(X) Hexadecimal:. . . . . . . {0:X}\n",
        -123, -123.45f); 

// Format the current date in various ways.
    Console.WriteLine("Standard DateTime Format Specifiers");
    Console.WriteLine(
        "(d) Short date: . . . . . . . {0:d}\n" +
        "(D) Long date:. . . . . . . . {0:D}\n" +
        "(t) Short time: . . . . . . . {0:t}\n" +
        "(T) Long time:. . . . . . . . {0:T}\n" +
        "(f) Full date/short time: . . {0:f}\n" +
        "(F) Full date/long time:. . . {0:F}\n" +
        "(g) General date/short time:. {0:g}\n" +
        "(G) General date/long time: . {0:G}\n" +
        "    (default):. . . . . . . . {0} (default = 'G')\n" +
        "(M) Month:. . . . . . . . . . {0:M}\n" +
        "(R) RFC1123:. . . . . . . . . {0:R}\n" +
        "(s) Sortable: . . . . . . . . {0:s}\n" +
        "(u) Universal sortable: . . . {0:u} (invariant)\n" +
        "(U) Universal full date/time: {0:U}\n" +
        "(Y) Year: . . . . . . . . . . {0:Y}\n", 
        thisDate);

// Format a Color enumeration value in various ways.
    Console.WriteLine("Standard Enumeration Format Specifiers");
    Console.WriteLine(
        "(G) General:. . . . . . . . . {0:G}\n" +
        "    (default):. . . . . . . . {0} (default = 'G')\n" +
        "(F) Flags:. . . . . . . . . . {0:F} (flags or integer)\n" +
        "(D) Decimal number: . . . . . {0:D}\n" +
        "(X) Hexadecimal:. . . . . . . {0:X}\n", 
        Color.Green);       
    }
}
/*
This code example produces the following results:

Standard Numeric Format Specifiers
(C) Currency: . . . . . . . . ($123.00)
(D) Decimal:. . . . . . . . . -123
(E) Scientific: . . . . . . . -1.234500E+002
(F) Fixed point:. . . . . . . -123.45
(G) General:. . . . . . . . . -123
    (default):. . . . . . . . -123 (default = 'G')
(N) Number: . . . . . . . . . -123.00
(P) Percent:. . . . . . . . . -12,345.00 %
(R) Round-trip: . . . . . . . -123.45
(X) Hexadecimal:. . . . . . . FFFFFF85

Standard DateTime Format Specifiers
(d) Short date: . . . . . . . 6/26/2004
(D) Long date:. . . . . . . . Saturday, June 26, 2004
(t) Short time: . . . . . . . 8:11 PM
(T) Long time:. . . . . . . . 8:11:04 PM
(f) Full date/short time: . . Saturday, June 26, 2004 8:11 PM
(F) Full date/long time:. . . Saturday, June 26, 2004 8:11:04 PM
(g) General date/short time:. 6/26/2004 8:11 PM
(G) General date/long time: . 6/26/2004 8:11:04 PM
    (default):. . . . . . . . 6/26/2004 8:11:04 PM (default = 'G')
(M) Month:. . . . . . . . . . June 26
(R) RFC1123:. . . . . . . . . Sat, 26 Jun 2004 20:11:04 GMT
(s) Sortable: . . . . . . . . 2004-06-26T20:11:04
(u) Universal sortable: . . . 2004-06-26 20:11:04Z (invariant)
(U) Universal full date/time: Sunday, June 27, 2004 3:11:04 AM
(Y) Year: . . . . . . . . . . June, 2004

Standard Enumeration Format Specifiers
(G) General:. . . . . . . . . Green
    (default):. . . . . . . . Green (default = 'G')
(F) Flags:. . . . . . . . . . Green (flags or integer)
(D) Decimal number: . . . . . 3
(X) Hexadecimal:. . . . . . . 00000003

*/

The following example is a tip calculator that calculates an 18% tip and uses the WriteLine method to display the amount of the original charge, the amount of the tip, and the total amount. The example is a console application that requires the user to supply the amount of the original charge as a command-line parameter.

using System;

public class TipCalculator {
    private const double tipRate = 0.18;
    public static int Main(string[] args) {
        double billTotal;
        if (args.Length == 0) {
            Console.WriteLine("usage: TIPCALC total");
            return 1;
        }
        else {
            if (! Double.TryParse(args[0], out billTotal)) {
                Console.WriteLine("usage: TIPCALC total");
                return 1;
            }
            double tip = billTotal * tipRate;
            Console.WriteLine();
            Console.WriteLine("Bill total:\t{0,8:c}", billTotal);
            Console.WriteLine("Tip total/rate:\t{0,8:c} ({1:p1})", tip, tipRate);
            Console.WriteLine(("").PadRight(24, '-'));
            Console.WriteLine("Grand total:\t{0,8:c}", billTotal + tip);
            return 0;
        }
    }
}

/*
>tipcalc 52.23

Bill total:       $52.23
Tip total/rate:    $9.40 (18.0 %)
------------------------
Grand total:      $61.63
*/

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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