ManagementDateTimeConverter.ToDateTime Method

Converts a given DMTF datetime to DateTime. The returned DateTime will be in the current time zone of the system.

Namespace: System.Management
Assembly: System.Management (in

public static DateTime ToDateTime (
	string dmtfDate
public static DateTime ToDateTime (
	String dmtfDate
public static function ToDateTime (
	dmtfDate : String
) : DateTime



A string representing the datetime in DMTF format.

Return Value

A DateTime that represents the given DMTF datetime.

Date and time in WMI is represented in DMTF datetime format. This format is explained in WMI SDK documentation. A DMTF datetime string has an UTC offset which this datetime string represents. During conversion to DateTime, the UTC offset is used to convert the date to the current time zone. According to DMTF format, a particular field can be represented by the character '*'. This will be converted to the MinValue value of this field that can be represented in DateTime.

.NET Framework Security

Full trust for the immediate caller. This member cannot be used by partially trusted code. For more information, see Using Libraries from Partially Trusted Code.

The following example converts a DMTF datetime string into a DateTime.

using System;
using System.Management;

// The sample below demonstrates the various conversions
// that can be done using ManagementDateTimeConverter class    
class Sample_ManagementDateTimeConverterClass
    public static int Main(string[] args) 
        string dmtfDate = "20020408141835.999999-420";
        string dmtfTimeInterval = "00000010122532:123456:000";
        // Converting DMTF datetime to System.DateTime
        DateTime dt = 
        // Converting System.DateTime to DMTF datetime
        string dmtfDateTime = 

        // Converting DMTF time interval to System.TimeSpan
        System.TimeSpan tsRet = 

        //Converting System.TimeSpan to DMTF time interval format
        System.TimeSpan ts = 
            new System.TimeSpan(10,12,25,32,456);
        string dmtfTimeInt  = 
        return 0;

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Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1

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