IndexOf Method (Char)

String.IndexOf Method (Char)


Reports the zero-based index of the first occurrence of the specified Unicode character in this string.

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

public int IndexOf(
	char value


Type: System.Char

A Unicode character to seek.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32

The zero-based index position of value if that character is found, or -1 if it is not.

Index numbering starts from zero.

This method performs an ordinal (culture-insensitive) search, where a character is considered equivalent to another character only if their Unicode scalar values are the same. To perform a culture-sensitive search, use the CompareInfo.IndexOf method, where a Unicode scalar value representing a precomposed character, such as the ligature "Æ" (U+00C6), might be considered equivalent to any occurrence of the character's components in the correct sequence, such as "AE" (U+0041, U+0045), depending on the culture.

The following example demonstrates how you can search a String for a character using the IndexOf method.

using System;

class Example
   static void Main()
      // Create a Unicode string with 5 Greek Alpha characters.
      String szGreekAlpha = new String('\u0391',5);

      // Create a Unicode string with 3 Greek Omega characters.
      String szGreekOmega = "\u03A9\u03A9\u03A9";

      String szGreekLetters = String.Concat(szGreekOmega, szGreekAlpha, 

      // Display the entire string.
      Console.WriteLine("The string: {0}", szGreekLetters);

      // The first index of Alpha.
      int ialpha = szGreekLetters.IndexOf('\u0391');
      // The first index of Omega.
      int iomega = szGreekLetters.IndexOf('\u03A9');

      Console.WriteLine("First occurrence of the Greek letter Alpha: Index {0}", 
      Console.WriteLine("First occurrence of the Greek letter Omega: Index {0}", 
// The example displays the following output:
//    The string: OOO?????OOO
//    First occurrence of the Greek letter Alpha: Index 3
//    First occurrence of the Greek letter Omega: Index 0

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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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