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DateTimeFormatInfo.GetInstance Method

Returns the DateTimeFormatInfo object associated with the specified IFormatProvider.

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

public static DateTimeFormatInfo GetInstance(
	IFormatProvider provider


Type: System.IFormatProvider

The IFormatProvider that gets the DateTimeFormatInfo object.


null to get CurrentInfo.

This method uses the IFormatProvider.GetFormat method of formatProvider using an DateTimeFormatInfo object as the Type parameter. If formatProvider is null or if IFormatProvider.GetFormat returns null, this method returns CurrentInfo.

Your application can get a DateTimeFormatInfo object for a specific culture using one of the following methods:

A DateTimeFormatInfo object can be created only for the invariant culture or for specific cultures, not for neutral cultures.

For more information about the invariant culture, specific cultures, and neutral cultures, see the CultureInfo class description.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 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 8, Silverlight 8.1

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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