ResourceManager.GetString Method (String)

Returns the value of the specified String resource.

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

public virtual string GetString(
	string name


Type: System.String
The name of the resource to get.

Return Value

Type: System.String
The value of the resource localized for the caller's current culture settings. If a match is not possible, null is returned.


The name parameter is null.


The value of the specified resource is not a string.


No usable set of resources has been found, and there are no neutral culture resources.

The resource that is returned is localized for the culture determined by the cultural settings of the current Thread (this is accomplished using the culture's CurrentUICulture property). If the resource has not been localized for that culture, the resource that is returned is localized for a best match (this is accomplished using the Parent property). Otherwise, null is returned.

If no usable set of resources has been found, the ResourceManager falls back on the neutral culture's resources, which are expected to be in the main assembly. If an appropriate culture resource has not been found, a MissingManifestResourceException is thrown.

For more information about how resources are found, see Localizing Silverlight-based Applications.


The GetString method is thread-safe.

Caution noteCaution:

This method can throw more exceptions than are listed. One reason this might occur is if a method that this method calls throws an exception. For example, a FileLoadException might be thrown if an error was made deploying or installing a satellite assembly.

The following code example gets a string resource using the current UI culture.

using System;
using System.Globalization;
using System.Threading;
using System.Resources;
using System.Reflection;

class Example
   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
      // Create a resource manager to retrieve resources.
      ResourceManager rm = new ResourceManager("items",

      // Retrieve the value of the string resource named "welcome".
      // The resource manager will retrieve the value of the  
      // localized resource using the caller's current culture setting.
      String str = rm.GetString("welcome");
      outputBlock.Text += str + "\n";


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.

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