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Enum.Parse Method (Type, String, Boolean)

Converts the string representation of the name or numeric value of one or more enumerated constants to an equivalent enumerated object. A parameter specifies whether the operation is case-insensitive.

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

static member Parse : 
        enumType:Type * 
        value:string * 
        ignoreCase:bool -> Object


Type: System.Type

An enumeration type.

Type: System.String

A string containing the name or value to convert.

Type: System.Boolean

true to ignore case; false to regard case.

Return Value

Type: System.Object
An object of type enumType whose value is represented by value.


enumType or value is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


enumType is not an Enum.


value is either an empty string ("") or only contains white space.


value is a name, but not one of the named constants defined for the enumeration.


value is outside the range of the underlying type of enumType.

The value parameter contains the string representation of an enumeration member's underlying value or named constant, or a list of named constants delimited by commas (,). One or more blank spaces can precede or follow each value, name, or comma in value. If value is a list, the return value is the value of the specified names combined with a bitwise OR operation.

If value is a name that does not correspond to a named constant of enumType, the method throws an ArgumentException. If value is the string representation of an integer that does not represent an underlying value of the enumType enumeration, the method returns an enumeration member whose underlying value is value converted to an integral type. If this behavior is undesirable, call the IsDefined method to ensure that a particular string representation of an integer is actually a member of enumType. The following example defines a Colors enumeration, calls the Parse(Type, String, Boolean) method to convert strings to their corresponding enumeration values, and calls the IsDefined method to ensure that particular integral values are underlying values in the Colors enumeration.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

The ignoreCase parameter specifies whether this operation is case-sensitive.

The following example uses the Parse(Type, String, Boolean) method to parse an array of strings that are created by calling the GetNames method. It also uses the Parse(Type, String) method to parse an enumeration value that consists of a bit field.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 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

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: 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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