GetCultures Method

CultureInfo.GetCultures Method (CultureTypes)


Gets the list of supported cultures filtered by the specified CultureTypes parameter.

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

public static CultureInfo[] GetCultures(
	CultureTypes types


Type: System.Globalization.CultureTypes

A bitwise combination of the enumeration values that filter the cultures to retrieve.

Return Value

Type: System.Globalization.CultureInfo[]

An array that contains the cultures specified by the types parameter. The array of cultures is unsorted.

Exception Condition

types specifies an invalid combination of CultureTypes values.

The GetCultures method is most commonly called with the types parameter set to the following values:

  • SpecificCultures, which returns all specific cultures.

  • NeutralCultures, which returns all neutral cultures and the invariant culture.

  • AllCultures, which returns all neutral and specific cultures, cultures installed in the Windows system, and custom cultures created by the user.

  • UserCustomCulture, which returns all custom cultures, such as those registered by the CultureAndRegionInfoBuilder class. In versions of Windows before Windows 10, the UserCustomCulture value applies to all user-defined custom cultures. Starting with Windows 10, it applies to system cultures that lack complete cultural data and that do not have a unique local identifier, as indicated by the LCID property value. As a result, code such as the following will return different results when run on Windows 10 and on an earlier version of Windows.

    using System;
    using System.Globalization;
    public class Example
       public static void Main()
           CultureInfo[] cultures = CultureInfo.GetCultures(CultureTypes.UserCustomCulture |
          int ctr = 0;
          foreach (var culture in cultures)
             if ((culture.CultureTypes & CultureTypes.UserCustomCulture) == CultureTypes.UserCustomCulture)
          Console.WriteLine("Number of Specific Custom Cultures: {0}", ctr);
    // If run under Windows 8, the example displays output like the following:
    //      Number of Specific Custom Cultures: 6
    // If run under Windows 10, the example displays output like the following:
    //      Number of Specific Custom Cultures: 279

The following code example displays several properties of the neutral cultures.


The example displays the zh-CHS and zh-CHT cultures with the 0x0004 and 0x7C04 culture identifiers, respectively. However, your Windows Vista applications should use the zh-Hans name instead of zh-CHS and the zh-Hant name instead of zh-CHT. The zh-Hans and zh-Hant names represent the current standard, and should be used unless you have a reason for using the older names.

using System;
using System.Globalization;

public class SamplesCultureInfo

   public static void Main()

      // Displays several properties of the neutral cultures.
      Console.WriteLine("CULTURE ISO ISO WIN DISPLAYNAME                              ENGLISHNAME");
      foreach (CultureInfo ci in CultureInfo.GetCultures(CultureTypes.NeutralCultures))
         Console.Write("{0,-7}", ci.Name);
         Console.Write(" {0,-3}", ci.TwoLetterISOLanguageName);
         Console.Write(" {0,-3}", ci.ThreeLetterISOLanguageName);
         Console.Write(" {0,-3}", ci.ThreeLetterWindowsLanguageName);
         Console.Write(" {0,-40}", ci.DisplayName);
         Console.WriteLine(" {0,-40}", ci.EnglishName);



This code produces the following output.  This output has been cropped for brevity.

ar      ar  ara ARA Arabic                                   Arabic                                  
bg      bg  bul BGR Bulgarian                                Bulgarian                               
ca      ca  cat CAT Catalan                                  Catalan                                 
zh-Hans zh  zho CHS Chinese (Simplified)                     Chinese (Simplified)                    
cs      cs  ces CSY Czech                                    Czech                                   
da      da  dan DAN Danish                                   Danish                                  
de      de  deu DEU German                                   German                                  
el      el  ell ELL Greek                                    Greek                                   
en      en  eng ENU English                                  English                                 
es      es  spa ESP Spanish                                  Spanish                                 
fi      fi  fin FIN Finnish                                  Finnish                                 
zh      zh  zho CHS Chinese                                  Chinese                                 
zh-Hant zh  zho CHT Chinese (Traditional)                    Chinese (Traditional)                   
zh-CHS  zh  zho CHS Chinese (Simplified) Legacy              Chinese (Simplified) Legacy             
zh-CHT  zh  zho CHT Chinese (Traditional) Legacy             Chinese (Traditional) Legacy            


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