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Boolean.Parse Method

Converts the specified string representation of a logical value to its Boolean equivalent, or throws an exception if the string is not equivalent to the value of Boolean.TrueString or Boolean.FalseString.

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

public static bool Parse(
	string value


Type: System.String
A string containing the value to convert.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if value is equivalent to the value of the Boolean.TrueString field; false if value is equivalent to the value of the Boolean.FalseString field.


value is null.


value is not equivalent to the value of the TrueString or FalseString field.

The value parameter, optionally preceded or trailed by white space, must contain a string that is equivalent to the value of either the Boolean.TrueString or Boolean.FalseString field; otherwise, a FormatException is thrown. The comparison is case-insensitive.

The following example calls the Parse method to parse an array of strings. Note that the parse operation succeeds only if the string to be parsed is "True" (the value of the TrueString field) or "False" (the value of the FalseString field) in a case-insensitive comparison.

using System;

public class Example
   public static void Main()
      string[] values = { null, String.Empty, "True", "False", 
                          "true", "false", "    true    ", "0", 
                          "1", "-1", "string" };
      foreach (var value in values) {
         try {
            bool flag = Boolean.Parse(value);
            Console.WriteLine("'{0}' --> {1}", value, flag);
         catch (ArgumentException) {
            Console.WriteLine("Cannot parse a null string.");
         catch (FormatException) {
            Console.WriteLine("Cannot parse '{0}'.", value);
// The example displays the following output:
//       Cannot parse a null string.
//       Cannot parse ''.
//       'True' --> True
//       'False' --> False
//       'true' --> True
//       'false' --> False
//       '    true    ' --> True
//       Cannot parse '0'.
//       Cannot parse '1'.
//       Cannot parse '-1'.
//       Cannot parse 'string'.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 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

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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