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String.Equals Method (String, String, StringComparison)

Determines whether two specified String objects have the same value. A parameter specifies the culture, case, and sort rules used in the comparison.

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

public static bool Equals(
	string a,
	string b,
	StringComparison comparisonType
)

Parameters

a
Type: System.String

A String object or null.

b
Type: System.String

A String object or null.

comparisonType
Type: System.StringComparison

One of the System.StringComparison values.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the value of the a parameter is equal to the value of the b parameter; otherwise, false.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

comparisonType is not a StringComparison value.

The comparisonType parameter indicates whether the comparison should use the current or invariant culture, honor or ignore the case of the two strings being compared, or use word or ordinal sort rules.

The following example uses three versions of the Equals method to determine whether a String object and a StringBuilder object are equal.

// Sample for String.Equals(Object) 
//            String.Equals(String) 
//            String.Equals(String, String) 
using System;
using System.Text;

class Sample {
    public static void Main() {
    StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder("abcd");
    String      str1 = "abcd";
    String      str2 = null;
    Object	o2   = null;

    Console.WriteLine();
    Console.WriteLine(" *  The value of String str1 is '{0}'.", str1);
    Console.WriteLine(" *  The value of StringBuilder sb is '{0}'.", sb.ToString());

    Console.WriteLine();
    Console.WriteLine("1a) String.Equals(Object). Object is a StringBuilder, not a String.");
    Console.WriteLine("    Is str1 equal to sb?: {0}", str1.Equals(sb));

    Console.WriteLine();
    Console.WriteLine("1b) String.Equals(Object). Object is a String.");
    str2 = sb.ToString();
    o2   = str2;
    Console.WriteLine(" *  The value of Object o2 is '{0}'.", o2);
    Console.WriteLine("    Is str1 equal to o2?: {0}", str1.Equals(o2));

    Console.WriteLine();
    Console.WriteLine(" 2) String.Equals(String)");
    Console.WriteLine(" *  The value of String str2 is '{0}'.", str2);
    Console.WriteLine("    Is str1 equal to str2?: {0}", str1.Equals(str2));

    Console.WriteLine();
    Console.WriteLine(" 3) String.Equals(String, String)");
    Console.WriteLine("    Is str1 equal to str2?: {0}", String.Equals(str1, str2));
    }
}
/*
This example produces the following results:

 *  The value of String str1 is 'abcd'.
 *  The value of StringBuilder sb is 'abcd'.

1a) String.Equals(Object). Object is a StringBuilder, not a String.
    Is str1 equal to sb?: False

1b) String.Equals(Object). Object is a String.
 *  The value of Object o2 is 'abcd'.
    Is str1 equal to o2?: True

 2) String.Equals(String)
 *  The value of String str2 is 'abcd'.
    Is str1 equal to str2?: True

 3) String.Equals(String, String)
    Is str1 equal to str2?: True
*/

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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