StringBuilder.Chars Property

Updated: January 2011

Gets or sets the character at the specified character position in this instance.

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

Public Property Chars ( _
	index As Integer _
) As Char


Type: System.Int32
The position of the character.

Property Value

Type: System.Char
The Unicode character at position index.


index is outside the bounds of this instance while setting a character.


index is outside the bounds of this instance while getting a character.

The index parameter is the position of a character within the StringBuilder. The first character in the string is at index 0. The length of a string is the number of characters it contains. The last accessible character of a StringBuilder instance is at index Length - 1.

Chars is the default property of the StringBuilder class. In C#, it is an indexer. This means that individual characters can be retrieved from the Chars property as shown in the following example, which counts the number of alphabetic, white-space, and punctuation characters in a string.

Imports System.Text

Module Example
   Public Sub Demo(outputBlock As System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock)
      Dim nAlphabeticChars As Integer = 0
      Dim nWhitespace As Integer = 0
      Dim nPunctuation As Integer = 0  
      Dim sb As New StringBuilder("This is a simple sentence.")

      For ctr As Integer = 0 To sb.Length - 1
         Dim ch As Char = sb(ctr)
         If Char.IsLetter(ch) Then nAlphabeticChars += 1 : Continue For
         If Char.IsWhiteSpace(ch) Then nWhitespace += 1 : Continue For
         If Char.IsPunctuation(ch) Then nPunctuation += 1

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("The sentence '{0}' has:", 
                                        sb) + vbCrLf
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("   Alphabetic characters: {0}", 
                                        nAlphabeticChars) + vbCrLf
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("   Whitespace characters: {0}", 
                                        nWhitespace) + vbCrLf
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("   Punctuation characters: {0}", 
                                        nPunctuation) + vbCrLf
   End Sub
End Module
' The example displays the following output:
'       The sentence 'This is a simple sentence.' has:
'          Alphabetic characters: 21
'          Whitespace characters: 4
'          Punctuation characters: 1


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

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