String.Equals Method (String)

Determines whether this instance and another specified String object have the same value.

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

public bool Equals(
	string value
)

Parameters

value
Type: System.String

The string to compare to this instance.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the value of the value parameter is the same as this instance; otherwise, false.

Implements

IEquatable<T>.Equals(T)

This method performs an ordinal (case-sensitive and culture-insensitive) comparison.

The following example demonstrates the Equals method. It compares the title-cased word "File" with an equivalent word, its lowercase equivalent, its uppercase equivalent, and a word that contains LATIN SMALL LETTER DOTLESS I (U+0131) instead of LATIN SMALL LETTER I (U+0069). Because the Equals(String) method performs an ordinal comparison, only the comparison with an identical word returns true.

using System;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      Console.OutputEncoding = System.Text.Encoding.UTF8;
      string word = "File";
      string[] others = { word.ToLower(), word, word.ToUpper(), "fıle" };
      foreach (string other in others)
      {
         if (word.Equals(other)) 
            Console.WriteLine("{0} = {1}", word, other);
         else
            Console.WriteLine("{0} {1} {2}", word, '\u2260', other);
      }        
   }
}
// The example displays the following output: 
//       File ≠ file 
//       File = File 
//       File ≠ FILE 
//       File ≠ fıle

.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

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.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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