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Convert.ToChar Method (String, IFormatProvider)

Converts the first character of a specified string to a Unicode character, using specified culture-specific formatting information.

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

public static char ToChar(
	string value,
	IFormatProvider provider


Type: System.String
A string of length 1 or null.
Type: System.IFormatProvider
An object that supplies culture-specific formatting information. This parameter is ignored.

Return Value

Type: System.Char
A Unicode character that is equivalent to the first and only character in value.


value is null.


The length of value is not 1.

value must be a string that contains a single character.

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

The following example converts a string representation of a Char value with the ToChar method, using an IFormatProvider object that displays the type of the format provider for which it is called. The example shows that the format provider is not referenced.

using System;
using System.Globalization;

public class DummyProvider : IFormatProvider
    // Normally, GetFormat returns an object of the requested type
    // (usually itself) if it is able; otherwise, it returns Nothing. 
    public object GetFormat(Type argType)
        // Here, GetFormat displays the name of argType, after removing 
        // the namespace information. GetFormat always returns null.
        string argStr = argType.ToString( );
        if( argStr == "" ) 
            argStr = "Empty";
        argStr = argStr.Substring( argStr.LastIndexOf( '.' ) + 1 );

        Console.Write( "{0,-20}", argStr );
        return null;

class ConvertNonNumericProviderDemo
    public static void Main( )
        // Create an instance of IFormatProvider.
        DummyProvider provider = new DummyProvider( );
        string format   = "{0,-17}{1,-17}{2}";

        // Convert these values using DummyProvider.
        string Int32A   = "-252645135";
        string DoubleA  = "61680.3855";
        string DayTimeA = "2001/9/11 13:45";

        string BoolA    = "True";
        string StringA  = "Qwerty";
        string CharA    = "$";

        Console.WriteLine( "This example of selected " +
            "Convert.To<Type>( String, IFormatProvider ) \nmethods " +
            "generates the following output. The example displays " +
            "the \nprovider type if the IFormatProvider is called." );
        Console.WriteLine( "\nNote: For the " +
            "ToBoolean, ToString, and ToChar methods, the \n" +
            "IFormatProvider object is not referenced." );

        // The format provider is called for the following conversions.
        Console.WriteLine( );
        Console.WriteLine( format, "ToInt32", Int32A, 
            Convert.ToInt32( Int32A, provider ) );
        Console.WriteLine( format, "ToDouble", DoubleA, 
            Convert.ToDouble( DoubleA, provider ) );
        Console.WriteLine( format, "ToDateTime", DayTimeA, 
            Convert.ToDateTime( DayTimeA, provider ) );

        // The format provider is not called for these conversions.
        Console.WriteLine( );
        Console.WriteLine( format, "ToBoolean", BoolA, 
            Convert.ToBoolean( BoolA, provider ) );
        Console.WriteLine( format, "ToString", StringA, 
            Convert.ToString( StringA, provider ) );
        Console.WriteLine( format, "ToChar", CharA, 
            Convert.ToChar( CharA, provider ) );

This example of selected Convert.To<Type>( String, IFormatProvider )
methods generates the following output. The example displays the
provider type if the IFormatProvider is called.

Note: For the ToBoolean, ToString, and ToChar methods, the
IFormatProvider object is not referenced.

NumberFormatInfo    ToInt32          -252645135       -252645135
NumberFormatInfo    ToDouble         61680.3855       61680.3855
DateTimeFormatInfo  ToDateTime       2001/9/11 13:45  9/11/2001 1:45:00 PM

ToBoolean        True             True
ToString         Qwerty           Qwerty
ToChar           $                $

.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.