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Convert.ToBoolean Method (String)

Updated: May 2009

Converts the specified string representation of a logical value to its Boolean equivalent.

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

public static bool ToBoolean(
	string value


Type: System.String

A string that contains the value of either Boolean.TrueString or Boolean.FalseString.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if value equals TrueString, or false if value equals FalseString or null.


value is not equal to TrueString or FalseString.

For a successful conversion to occur, the value parameter must equal either Boolean.TrueString, a constant whose value is True, Boolean.FalseString, a constant whose value is False, or it must be null. In comparing value with Boolean.TrueString and Boolean.FalseString, the method ignores case as well as leading and trailing white space.

If you prefer not to handle an exception if the conversion fails, you can call the Boolean.TryParse method instead. It returns a Boolean value that indicates whether the conversion succeeded or failed.

The following example uses the Convert.ToBoolean(String) method to convert various strings to Boolean values.

using System;

public class BooleanConversion
   public static void Main()
      ConvertToBoolean("    false    ");

   private static void ConvertToBoolean(string value)
         Console.WriteLine("Converted '{0}' to {1}.", value,  
      catch (FormatException)
         Console.WriteLine("Unable to convert '{0}' to a Boolean.", value);
// The example displays the following output to the console: 
//       Converted '' to False. 
//       Unable to convert '' to a Boolean. 
//       Converted 'true' to True. 
//       Unable to convert 'TrueString' to a Boolean. 
//       Converted 'False' to False. 
//       Converted '    false    ' to False. 
//       Unable to convert '-1' to a Boolean. 
//       Unable to convert '0' to a Boolean.

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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, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0




May 2009

Expanded the Remarks section.

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