Compare Method (String, String, StringComparison)

String.Compare Method (String, String, StringComparison)


Compares two specified String objects using the specified rules, and returns an integer that indicates their relative position in the sort order.

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

static member Compare : 
        strA:string *
        strB:string *
        comparisonType:StringComparison -> int


Type: System.String

The first string to compare.

Type: System.String

The second string to compare.

Type: System.StringComparison

One of the enumeration values that specifies the rules to use in the comparison.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32

A 32-bit signed integer that indicates the lexical relationship between the two comparands.



Less than zero

strA precedes strB in the sort order.


strAis in the same position as strB in the sort order.

Greater than zero

strAfollows strB in the sort order.

Exception Condition

comparisonType is not a StringComparison value.


StringComparison is not supported.

The comparisonType parameter indicates whether the comparison should use the current or invariant culture, honor or ignore the case of the comparands, or use word (culture-sensitive) or ordinal (culture-insensitive) sort rules.

One or both comparands can be null. By definition, any string, including the empty string (""), compares greater than a null reference; and two null references compare equal to each other.

The comparison terminates when an inequality is discovered or both strings have been compared. However, if the two strings compare equal to the end of one string, and the other string has characters remaining, the string with remaining characters is considered greater. The return value is the result of the last comparison performed.

Unexpected results can occur when comparisons are affected by culture-specific casing rules. For example, in Turkish, the following example yields the wrong results because the file system in Turkish does not use linguistic casing rules for the letter "i" in "file".

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Compare the path name to "file" using an ordinal comparison. The correct code to do this is as follows:

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Notes to Callers:

Character sets include ignorable characters. The Compare(String, String, StringComparison) method does not consider such characters when it performs a culture-sensitive comparison. To recognize ignorable characters in your comparison, supply a value of StringComparison.Ordinal or OrdinalIgnoreCase for the comparisonType parameter.

The following example compares three versions of the letter "I". The results are affected by the choice of culture, whether case is ignored, and whether an ordinal comparison is performed.

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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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