Convert.ToBoolean Method (String)

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 TrueString or 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 string constant whose value is True, Boolean.FalseString, a string 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 Example
   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
      ConvertToBoolean(outputBlock, null);
      ConvertToBoolean(outputBlock, String.Empty);
      ConvertToBoolean(outputBlock, "true");
      ConvertToBoolean(outputBlock, "TrueString");
      ConvertToBoolean(outputBlock, "False");
      ConvertToBoolean(outputBlock, "    false    ");
      ConvertToBoolean(outputBlock, "-1");
      ConvertToBoolean(outputBlock, "0");

   private static void ConvertToBoolean(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock, string value)
         outputBlock.Text += String.Format("Converted '{0}' to {1}.", value,
                           Convert.ToBoolean(value)) + "\n";
      catch (FormatException)
         outputBlock.Text += String.Format("Unable to convert '{0}' to a Boolean.", value) + "\n";
// The example displays the following output:
//       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.


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.