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Convert.ToString Method (Object)

Converts the value of the specified object to its equivalent string representation.

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

public static string ToString(
	Object value


Type: System.Object
An object that supplies the value to convert, or null.

Return Value

Type: System.String
The string representation of value, or String.Empty if value is null.

To convert value to its string representation, the method tries to call the IConvertible.ToString implementation of value. If value does not implement the IConvertible interface, the method tries to call the IFormattable.ToString implementation of value. If value does not implement the IFormattable interface, the method calls the ToString method of the underlying type of value.

The following example converts each element in an object array to its equivalent string representation.

object[] values = { false, 12.63m, new DateTime(2009, 6, 1, 6, 32, 15), 16.09e-12,
                    'Z', 15.15322, SByte.MinValue, Int32.MaxValue };
string result;

foreach (object value in values)
   result = Convert.ToString(value);
   Console.WriteLine("Converted the {0} value {1} to the {2} value {3}.",
                        value.GetType().Name, value,
                        result.GetType().Name, result);
// The example displays the following output:
//    Converted the Boolean value False to the String value False.
//    Converted the Decimal value 12.63 to the String value 12.63.
//    Converted the DateTime value 6/1/2009 06:32:15 AM to the String value 6/1/2009 06:32:15 AM.
//    Converted the Double value 1.609E-11 to the String value 1.609E-11.
//    Converted the Char value Z to the String value Z.
//    Converted the Double value 15.15322 to the String value 15.15322.
//    Converted the SByte value -128 to the String value -128.
//    Converted the Int32 value 2147483647 to the String value 2147483647.      

.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.