Guid.TryParseExact Method

Converts the string representation of a GUID to the equivalent Guid value, provided that the string is in the specified format.

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

Public Shared Function TryParseExact ( _
	input As String, _
	format As String, _
	<OutAttribute> ByRef result As Guid _
) As Boolean


Type: System.String
The GUID to convert.
Type: System.String
One of the following specifiers that indicates the exact format to use when interpreting input: "N", "D", "B", "P", or "X".
Type: System.Guid%
When this method returns, contains the value that is equivalent to the GUID contained in input if the conversion succeeded, or Guid.Empty if the conversion failed.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the parse operation was successful; otherwise, false.

This method returns false if input is Nothing or not in a recognized format, and does not throw an exception.

The following table shows the accepted format specifiers for the format parameter. "0" represents a digit; hyphens ("-"), braces ("{", "}"), and parentheses ("(", ")") appear as shown.


Format of the input parameter


32 digits:



32 digits separated by hyphens:



32 digits separated by hyphens, enclosed in braces:



32 digits separated by hyphens, enclosed in parentheses:



Four hexadecimal values enclosed in braces, where the fourth value is a subset of eight hexadecimal values that is also enclosed in braces:


The following example calls the ToString method with each of the supported format specifiers to generate an array of strings that represent a single GUID. These are then passed to the TryParseExact method, which successfully parses the string that conforms to the "B" format specifier.

Module Example
   Public Sub Demo(outputBlock As System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock)
      ' Define an array of all format specifiers.
      Dim formats() As String = { "N", "D", "B", "P", "X" }
      Dim guid As Guid = Guid.NewGuid()
      ' Create an array of valid Guid string representations.
      Dim stringGuids(formats.Length - 1) As String
      For ctr As Integer = 0 To formats.Length - 1
         stringGuids(ctr) = guid.ToString(formats(ctr))

      ' Try to parse the strings in the array using the "B" format specifier.
      For Each stringGuid In stringGuids
         Dim newGuid As Guid
         If Guid.TryParseExact(stringGuid, "B", newGuid) Then
            outputBlock.Text += String.Format("Successfully parsed {0}", 
                                              stringGuid) + vbCrLf
            outputBlock.Text += String.Format("Unable to parse '{0}'", 
                                              stringGuid) + vbCrLf
         End If   
   End Sub
End Module
' The example displays the following output:
'    Unable to parse 'c0fb150f6bf344df984a3a0611ae5e4a'
'    Unable to parse 'c0fb150f-6bf3-44df-984a-3a0611ae5e4a'
'    Successfully parsed {c0fb150f-6bf3-44df-984a-3a0611ae5e4a}
'    Unable to parse '(c0fb150f-6bf3-44df-984a-3a0611ae5e4a)'
'    Unable to parse '{0xc0fb150f,0x6bf3,0x44df,{0x98,0x4a,0x3a,0x06,0x11,0xae,0x5e,0x4a}}'


Supported in: 5, 4

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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