CultureInfo.GetCultureInfo Method (String, String)

Retrieves a cached, read-only instance of a culture. Parameters specify a culture that is initialized with the TextInfo and CompareInfo objects specified by another culture.

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

public static CultureInfo GetCultureInfo (
	string name,
	string altName
public static CultureInfo GetCultureInfo (
	String name, 
	String altName
public static function GetCultureInfo (
	name : String, 
	altName : String
) : CultureInfo
Not applicable.



The name of a culture.


The name of a culture that supplies the TextInfo and CompareInfo objects used to initialize name.

Return Value

A read-only CultureInfo object.

Exception typeCondition


name or altName is null.


name or altName specifies a culture that is not supported.

The GetCultureInfo method obtains a cached, read-only culture object more quickly than a new culture object is created with the CultureInfo constructor. Your application should clear the cache with the ClearCachedData method.

The GetCultureInfo method is typically used by tools that need to efficiently load resources or create multiple instances of a culture.

Use the GetCultureInfo method to create a culture similar to name, but with different sorting and casing rules.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0

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