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XmlConvert.ToDateTime Method (String, String[])

Converts the String to a DateTime equivalent.

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

public static DateTime ToDateTime(
	string s,
	string[] formats


Type: System.String

The string to convert.

Type: System.String[]

An array containing the format structures to apply to the converted DateTime. Valid formats include "yyyy-MM-ddTHH:mm:sszzzzzz" and its subsets.

Return Value

Type: System.DateTime
A DateTime equivalent of the string.


s is null.


s or an element of formats is String.Empty


s does not contain a date and time that corresponds to any of the elements of formats.

This method allows multiple formats for the string to be validated against.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 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 Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8

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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