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String.GetEnumerator Method

Retrieves an object that can iterate through the individual characters in this string.

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

public CharEnumerator GetEnumerator()

Return Value

Type: System.CharEnumerator
A CharEnumerator object.

This method is required by programming languages that support the IEnumerator interface to iterate through members of a collection. For example, the Microsoft Visual Basic and C# programming languages' foreach statement invokes this method to return a CharEnumerator object that can provide read-only access to the characters in this instance of String.

The following example uses the GetEnumerator method to display each System.Char in the input strings.

// Example for the String.GetEnumerator( ) method. 
using System;
using System.Collections;

class GetEnumerator 
    public static void Main() 
            "This example of String.GetEnumerator( ) " +
            "generates the following output." );

        EnumerateAndDisplay( "Test Case" );
        EnumerateAndDisplay( "Has\ttwo\ttabs" );
        EnumerateAndDisplay( "Two\nnew\nlines" );

    static void EnumerateAndDisplay( String Operand )
            "\nThe characters in the string \"{0}\" are:",
            Operand );

        IEnumerator OperandEnum = Operand.GetEnumerator( );
        int         CharCount = 0;

        while( OperandEnum.MoveNext( ) )
            Console.Write( " '{0}' ", OperandEnum.Current );
        Console.WriteLine( "\n Character count: {0}", CharCount );

This example of String.GetEnumerator( ) generates the following output.

The characters in the string "Test Case" are:
 'T'  'e'  's'  't'  ' '  'C'  'a'  's'  'e'
 Character count: 9

The characters in the string "Has       two     tabs" are:
 'H'  'a'  's'  '       '  't'  'w'  'o'  '     '  't'  'a'  'b'  's'
 Character count: 12

The characters in the string "Two
lines" are:
 'T'  'w'  'o'  '
'  'n'  'e'  'w'  '
'  'l'  'i'  'n'  'e'  's'
 Character count: 13

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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

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0