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Strings.StrComp Method

Returns -1, 0, or 1, based on the result of a string comparison.

Namespace:  Microsoft.VisualBasic
Assembly:  Microsoft.VisualBasic (in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll)

Public Shared Function StrComp ( _
	String1 As String, _
	String2 As String, _
	Compare As CompareMethod _
) As Integer
Dim String1 As String 
Dim String2 As String 
Dim Compare As CompareMethod 
Dim returnValue As Integer 

returnValue = Strings.StrComp(String1, _
	String2, Compare)


Type: System.String

Required. Any valid String expression.

Type: System.String

Required. Any valid String expression.

Type: Microsoft.VisualBasic.CompareMethod

Optional. Specifies the type of string comparison. If Compare is omitted, the Option Compare setting determines the type of comparison.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
If String1 sorts ahead of String2, StrComp returns -1. If String1 is equal to String2, StrComp returns 0. If String1 sorts after String2, StrComp returns 1.

For more detailed information, see the Visual Basic topic StrComp Function (Visual Basic).

The strings are compared by alphanumeric sort values beginning with the first character. For further information on binary comparisons, textual comparisons, and sort order, see Option Compare Statement.

The Compare argument settings are:




Performs a binary comparison, based on a sort order derived from the internal binary representations of the characters.


Performs a text comparison, based on a case-insensitive text sort order determined by your system's LocaleID value.

This example uses the StrComp function to return the results of a string comparison. If the third argument is omitted, the comparison type defined in the Option Compare statement or project defaults is performed.

' Defines variables. 
Dim TestStr1 As String = "ABCD" 
Dim TestStr2 As String = "abcd" 
Dim TestComp As Integer 
' The two strings sort equally. Returns 0.
TestComp = StrComp(TestStr1, TestStr2, CompareMethod.Text)
' TestStr1 sorts after TestStr2. Returns -1.
TestComp = StrComp(TestStr1, TestStr2, CompareMethod.Binary)
' TestStr2 sorts before TestStr1. Returns 1.
TestComp = StrComp(TestStr2, TestStr1)

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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, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0