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Console.WriteLine Method (String, Object, Object)

Writes the text representation of the specified 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,
	Object arg0,
	Object arg1
)

Parameters

format
Type: System.String

A composite format string (see Remarks).

arg0
Type: System.Object

The first object to write using format.

arg1
Type: System.Object

The second object to write using format.

ExceptionCondition
IOException

An I/O error occurred.

ArgumentNullException

format is null.

FormatException

The format specification in format is invalid.

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.

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.

The following code 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 code example illustrates the use of the WriteLine method.

// System.Console.WriteLine 

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 {
            try {
                billTotal = Double.Parse(args[0]);
            }
            catch(FormatException) {
                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;
        }
    }
}

/*
Example Output:
---------------

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

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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