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DateTimeFormatInfo.GetInstance Method

Returns the DateTimeFormatInfo associated with the specified IFormatProvider.

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

public static DateTimeFormatInfo GetInstance(
	IFormatProvider provider


Type: System.IFormatProvider

The IFormatProvider that gets the DateTimeFormatInfo.


null to get CurrentInfo.

Return Value

Type: System.Globalization.DateTimeFormatInfo
A DateTimeFormatInfo associated with the specified IFormatProvider.

This method uses the IFormatProvider.GetFormat method of formatProvider using DateTimeFormatInfo as the Type parameter. If formatProvider is null or if IFormatProvider.GetFormat returns null, this method returns CurrentInfo.

Your application can get a DateTimeFormatInfo object for a specific culture using one of the following methods:

A DateTimeFormatInfo object can be created only for the invariant culture or for specific cultures, not for neutral cultures.

For more information about the invariant culture, specific cultures, and neutral cultures, see the CultureInfo class description.

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, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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