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DateTime.GetDateTimeFormats Method

Updated: January 2010

Converts the value of this instance to all the string representations supported by the standard date and time format specifiers.

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

public string[] GetDateTimeFormats()

Return Value

Type: System.String[]
A string array where each element is the representation of the value of this instance formatted with one of the standard date and time format specifiers.

The string array returned by the DateTime.GetDateTimeFormats() method is equivalent to combining the string arrays returned by separate calls to the DateTime.GetDateTimeFormats(Char) method with the "d", "D", "f", "F", "g", "G", "m", "o", "r", "s", "t", "T", "u", "U", and "y" standard format strings. For more information about standard format specifiers, see Standard Date and Time Format Strings.

NoteNote:

   Because this method uses culture-sensitive data, your application should not assume that multiple calls to the method will return identical data. The data returned by this method can change if the current culture changes, the user overrides individual cultural settings, or an update occurs to the system's cultural data.

Each element of the return value is formatted using information from the current culture. For more information about culture-specific formatting information for the current culture, see CultureInfo.CurrentCulture.

The following example demonstrates the DateTime.GetDateTimeFormats() method. It displays the string representation of a date using all possible standard date and time formats in the computer's current culture, which in this case is en-US.

		DateTime july28 = new DateTime(2009, 7, 28, 5, 23, 15, 16);

		string[] july28Formats = july28.GetDateTimeFormats();

		// Print out july28 in all DateTime formats using the default culture. 
		foreach (string format in july28Formats) {
			Console.WriteLine(format);
		}

The example displays the following output:

7/28/2009
7/28/09
07/28/09
07/28/2009
09/07/28
2009-07-28
28-Jul-09
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
July 28, 2009
Tuesday, 28 July, 2009
28 July, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 5:23 AM
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 05:23 AM
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 5:23
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 05:23
July 28, 2009 5:23 AM
July 28, 2009 05:23 AM
July 28, 2009 5:23
July 28, 2009 05:23
Tuesday, 28 July, 2009 5:23 AM
Tuesday, 28 July, 2009 05:23 AM
Tuesday, 28 July, 2009 5:23
Tuesday, 28 July, 2009 05:23
28 July, 2009 5:23 AM
28 July, 2009 05:23 AM
28 July, 2009 5:23
28 July, 2009 05:23
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 5:23:15 AM
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 05:23:15 AM
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 5:23:15
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 05:23:15
July 28, 2009 5:23:15 AM
July 28, 2009 05:23:15 AM
July 28, 2009 5:23:15
July 28, 2009 05:23:15
Tuesday, 28 July, 2009 5:23:15 AM
Tuesday, 28 July, 2009 05:23:15 AM
Tuesday, 28 July, 2009 5:23:15
Tuesday, 28 July, 2009 05:23:15
28 July, 2009 5:23:15 AM
28 July, 2009 05:23:15 AM
28 July, 2009 5:23:15
28 July, 2009 05:23:15
7/28/2009 5:23 AM
7/28/2009 05:23 AM
7/28/2009 5:23
7/28/2009 05:23
7/28/09 5:23 AM
7/28/09 05:23 AM
7/28/09 5:23
7/28/09 05:23
07/28/09 5:23 AM
07/28/09 05:23 AM
07/28/09 5:23
07/28/09 05:23
07/28/2009 5:23 AM
07/28/2009 05:23 AM
07/28/2009 5:23
07/28/2009 05:23
09/07/28 5:23 AM
09/07/28 05:23 AM
09/07/28 5:23
09/07/28 05:23
2009-07-28 5:23 AM
2009-07-28 05:23 AM
2009-07-28 5:23
2009-07-28 05:23
28-Jul-09 5:23 AM
28-Jul-09 05:23 AM
28-Jul-09 5:23
28-Jul-09 05:23
7/28/2009 5:23:15 AM
7/28/2009 05:23:15 AM
7/28/2009 5:23:15
7/28/2009 05:23:15
7/28/09 5:23:15 AM
7/28/09 05:23:15 AM
7/28/09 5:23:15
7/28/09 05:23:15
07/28/09 5:23:15 AM
07/28/09 05:23:15 AM
07/28/09 5:23:15
07/28/09 05:23:15
07/28/2009 5:23:15 AM
07/28/2009 05:23:15 AM
07/28/2009 5:23:15
07/28/2009 05:23:15
09/07/28 5:23:15 AM
09/07/28 05:23:15 AM
09/07/28 5:23:15
09/07/28 05:23:15
2009-07-28 5:23:15 AM
2009-07-28 05:23:15 AM
2009-07-28 5:23:15
2009-07-28 05:23:15
28-Jul-09 5:23:15 AM
28-Jul-09 05:23:15 AM
28-Jul-09 5:23:15
28-Jul-09 05:23:15
July 28
July 28
2009-07-28T05:23:15.0160000
2009-07-28T05:23:15.0160000
Tue, 28 Jul 2009 05:23:15 GMT
Tue, 28 Jul 2009 05:23:15 GMT
2009-07-28T05:23:15
5:23 AM
05:23 AM
5:23
05:23
5:23:15 AM
05:23:15 AM
5:23:15
05:23:15
2009-07-28 05:23:15Z
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 12:23:15 PM
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 12:23:15 PM
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 12:23:15
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 12:23:15
July 28, 2009 12:23:15 PM
July 28, 2009 12:23:15 PM
July 28, 2009 12:23:15
July 28, 2009 12:23:15
Tuesday, 28 July, 2009 12:23:15 PM
Tuesday, 28 July, 2009 12:23:15 PM
Tuesday, 28 July, 2009 12:23:15
Tuesday, 28 July, 2009 12:23:15
28 July, 2009 12:23:15 PM
28 July, 2009 12:23:15 PM
28 July, 2009 12:23:15
28 July, 2009 12:23:15
July, 2009
July, 2009

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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

Date

History

Reason

January 2010

Noted possibility of data change between method invocations.

Content bug fix.

July 2008

Added additional detail on method behavior.

Information enhancement.

July 2008

Added example output.

Customer feedback.

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