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Guid.TryParse Method

Converts the string representation of a GUID to the equivalent Guid structure.

Namespace:  System
Assemblies:   System.Runtime (in System.Runtime.dll)
  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static bool TryParse(
	string input,
	out Guid result
)

Parameters

input
Type: System.String

The GUID to convert.

result
Type: System.Guid

The structure that will contain the parsed value. If the method returns true, result contains a valid Guid. If the method returns false, result equals Guid.Empty.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the parse operation was successful; otherwise, false.

This method is like the Parse method, except that instead of returning the parsed GUID, it returns false if input is null or not in a recognized format, and doesn't throw an exception. It trims any leading or trailing white space from input and converts strings in any of the five formats recognized by the ToString(String) and ToString(String, IFormatProvider)methods, as shown in the following table.

Specifier

Description

Format

N

32 digits

00000000000000000000000000000000

D

32 digits separated by hyphens

00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000

B

32 digits separated by hyphens, enclosed in braces

{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}

P

32 digits separated by hyphens, enclosed in parentheses

(00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000)

X

Four hexadecimal values enclosed in braces, where the fourth value is a subset of eight hexadecimal values that is also enclosed in braces

{0x00000000,0x0000,0x0000,{0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00}}

The following example creates a new GUID, converts it to three separate string representations by calling the ToString(String) method with the "B", "D", and "X" format specifiers, and then calls the TryParse method to convert the strings back to Guid values.

using System;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      Guid originalGuid = Guid.NewGuid();
      // Create an array of string representations of the GUID. 
      string[] stringGuids = { originalGuid.ToString("B"),
                               originalGuid.ToString("D"),
                               originalGuid.ToString("X") };

      // Parse each string representation.
      Guid newGuid;
      foreach (var stringGuid in stringGuids) {
         if (Guid.TryParse(stringGuid, out newGuid))
            Console.WriteLine("Converted {0} to a Guid", stringGuid);
         else
            Console.WriteLine("Unable to convert {0} to a Guid", 
                              stringGuid);
      }                                      
   }
}
// The example displays the following output: 
//    Converted {81a130d2-502f-4cf1-a376-63edeb000e9f} to a Guid 
//    Converted 81a130d2-502f-4cf1-a376-63edeb000e9f to a Guid 
//    Converted {0x81a130d2,0x502f,0x4cf1,{0xa3,0x76,0x63,0xed,0xeb,0x00,0x0e,0x9f}} to a Guid

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4

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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