DateTime::Parse Method (String, IFormatProvider, DateTimeStyles)

Converts the string representation of a date and time to its DateTime equivalent by using culture-specific format information and formatting style.

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

static DateTime Parse(
	String^ s, 
	IFormatProvider^ provider, 
	DateTimeStyles styles


Type: System::String

A string that contains a date and time to convert.

Type: System::IFormatProvider

An object that supplies culture-specific formatting information about s.

Type: System.Globalization::DateTimeStyles

A bitwise combination of the enumeration values that indicates the style elements that can be present in s for the parse operation to succeed, and that defines how to interpret the parsed date in relation to the current time zone or the current date. A typical value to specify is DateTimeStyles::None.

Return Value

Type: System::DateTime
An object that is equivalent to the date and time contained in s, as specified by provider and styles.


s is nullptr.


s does not contain a valid string representation of a date and time.


styles contains an invalid combination of DateTimeStyles values. For example, both AssumeLocal and AssumeUniversal.


For examples and comprehensive usage information about this and other overloads of the Parse method, see the Parse overload summary.

.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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