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DateTimeOffset.Parse Method (String)

Converts the specified string representation of a date, time, and offset to its DateTimeOffset equivalent.

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

public static DateTimeOffset Parse(
	string input
)

Parameters

input
Type: System.String

A string that contains a date and time to convert.

Return Value

Type: System.DateTimeOffset
A DateTimeOffset object that is equivalent to the date and time that is contained in input.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

The offset is greater than 14 hours or less than -14 hours.

ArgumentNullException

input is null.

FormatException

input does not contain a valid string representation of a date and time.

-or-

input contains the string representation of an offset value without a date or time.

Parse(String) parses a string with three elements that can appear in any order and are delimited by white space. These three elements are as shown in the following table.

Element

Example

<Date>

"2/10/2007"

<Time>

"1:02:03 PM"

<Offset>

"-7:30:15"

Although each of these elements is optional, <Offset> cannot appear by itself. It must be provided together with either <Date> or <Time>. If <Date> is missing, its default value is the current day. If <Time> is missing, its default value is 12:00:00 AM. If <Offset> is missing, its default value is the offset of the local time zone. <Offset> can represent either a negative or a positive offset from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). In either case, <Offset> must include a sign symbol.

The input string is parsed by using the formatting information in a DateTimeFormatInfo object that is initialized for the current culture. This means that the input parameter must contain the current culture's representation of a date and time in one of the formats returned by the DateTimeFormatInfo.GetAllDateTimePatterns() method. To parse a string that contains designated formatting that does not necessarily correspond to the formatting of the current culture, use the ParseExact method and provide a format specifier.

The following example calls the Parse(String) method to parse several date and time strings. The example includes output from March 22, 2007, on a system whose culture is en-us.

string dateString;
DateTimeOffset offsetDate; 

// String with date only
dateString = "05/01/2008";
offsetDate = DateTimeOffset.Parse(dateString);
Console.WriteLine(offsetDate.ToString());

// String with time only
dateString = "11:36 PM";
offsetDate = DateTimeOffset.Parse(dateString);
Console.WriteLine(offsetDate.ToString());

// String with date and offset 
dateString = "05/01/2008 +1:00";
offsetDate = DateTimeOffset.Parse(dateString);
Console.WriteLine(offsetDate.ToString());

// String with day abbreviation
dateString = "Thu May 01, 2008";
offsetDate = DateTimeOffset.Parse(dateString);
Console.WriteLine(offsetDate.ToString());

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

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 SP1, 3.0 SP1, 2.0 SP1
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