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TimeSpanMinutesConverter Class

Converts a time span expressed in minutes.

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

public class TimeSpanMinutesConverter : ConfigurationConverterBase

This type, like all the other configuration converter types, converts strings found in the configuration file to and from the related strongly typed properties.

In particular, the TimeSpanMinutesConverter converts String minutes, assigned to a configuration property, to TimeSpan minutes and vice versa.

The TimeSpanMinutesConverter persists values of type long representing a number of minutes.

The following code example shows how to define a custom TimeSpanMinutesConverter type.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Globalization;
using System.ComponentModel;

public sealed class CustomTimeSpanMinutesConverter :
    internal bool ValidateType(object value, 
        Type expected)
        bool result;

        if ((value != null) &&
            (value.GetType() != expected))
            result = false;
            result = true;

        return result;

    public override bool CanConvertTo(
        ITypeDescriptorContext ctx, Type type)
        return (type == typeof(string));

    public override bool CanConvertFrom(
        ITypeDescriptorContext ctx, Type type)
        return (type == typeof(string));

    public override object ConvertTo(
        ITypeDescriptorContext ctx, CultureInfo ci,
        object value, Type type)
        ValidateType(value, typeof(TimeSpan));

        long data = (long)(((TimeSpan)value).TotalMinutes);

        return data.ToString(CultureInfo.InvariantCulture);

    public override object ConvertFrom(
        ITypeDescriptorContext ctx, CultureInfo ci, object data)

        long min = long.Parse((string)data,

        return TimeSpan.FromMinutes((double)min);


The following is a configuration excerpt used by the previous example.


    <section name="CustomSection"
      Version=, Culture=neutral,
      restartOnExternalChanges="true" />

  <CustomSection fileName="default.txt" maxIdleTime="90" 
    timeDelay="infinite" cdStr="str0, str1" permission="Read" 


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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