TryParse Method (String, Decimal)

Decimal::TryParse Method (String^, Decimal)


Converts the string representation of a number to its Decimal equivalent. A return value indicates whether the conversion succeeded or failed.

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

static bool TryParse(
	String^ s,
	[OutAttribute] Decimal% result


Type: System::String^

The string representation of the number to convert.

Type: System::Decimal

When this method returns, contains the Decimal number that is equivalent to the numeric value contained in s, if the conversion succeeded, or is zero if the conversion failed. The conversion fails if the s parameter is null or String::Empty, is not a number in a valid format, or represents a number less than MinValue or greater than MaxValue. This parameter is passed uninitialized; any value originally supplied in result will be overwritten.

Return Value

Type: System::Boolean

true if s was converted successfully; otherwise, false.

This overload differs from the Decimal::Parse(String^) method by returning a Boolean value that indicates whether the parse operation succeeded instead of returning the parsed numeric value. It eliminates the need to use exception handling to test for a FormatException in the event that s is invalid and cannot be successfully parsed.

Parameter s contains a number of the form:


Elements in square brackets ([ and ]) are optional. The following table describes each element.




Optional white space.


An optional sign.


A sequence of digits ranging from 0 to 9.


A culture-specific thousands separator symbol.


A culture-specific decimal point symbol.


A sequence of digits ranging from 0 to 9.

Parameter s is interpreted using the NumberStyles::Number style. This means that white space and thousands separators are allowed but currency symbols are not. To explicitly define the elements (such as currency symbols, thousands separators, and white space) that can be present in s, use the Decimal::TryParse(String^, NumberStyles, IFormatProvider^, Decimal) method overload.

Parameter s is parsed using the formatting information in a NumberFormatInfo object initialized for the current system culture. For more information, see CurrentInfo. To parse a string using the formatting information of some other specified culture, use the Decimal::TryParse(String^, NumberStyles, IFormatProvider^, Decimal) method overload.

If necessary, the value of s is rounded using rounding to nearest.

A Decimal object has 29 digits of precision. If s represents a number that has more than 29 digits, but has a fractional part and is within the range of MaxValue and MinValue, the number is rounded, not truncated, to 29 digits using rounding to nearest.

If during a parse operation a separator is encountered in the s parameter, and the applicable currency or number decimal and group separators are the same, the parse operation assumes that the separator is a decimal separator rather than a group separator. For more information about separators, see CurrencyDecimalSeparator, NumberDecimalSeparator, CurrencyGroupSeparator, and NumberGroupSeparator.

The following example uses the Decimal::TryParse(String^, Decimal) method to convert the string representations of numeric values to Decimal values. It assumes that en-US is the current culture.

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Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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