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Boolean.Parse Method

Converts the specified string representation of a logical value to its Boolean equivalent, or throws an exception if the string is not equal to the value of Boolean.TrueString or Boolean.FalseString.

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

public static bool Parse(
	string value


Type: System.String

A string containing the value to convert.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if value is equal to the value of the Boolean.TrueString field; false if value is equal to the value of the Boolean.FalseString field.


value is null.


value is not equal to the value of the TrueString or FalseString field.

The value parameter, optionally preceded or trailed by white space, must contain a string that is equal to the value of either the Boolean.TrueString or Boolean.FalseString field; otherwise, a FormatException is thrown. The comparison is ordinal and case-insensitive.

You can call the TryParse method to parse a string without having to handle the FormatException exception that is thrown if the parsing operation fails.

The following example calls the Parse method to parse an array of strings. Note that the parse operation succeeds only if the string to be parsed is "True" (the value of the TrueString field) or "False" (the value of the FalseString field) in a case-insensitive comparison.

using System;

public class Example
   public static void Main()
      string[] values = { null, String.Empty, "True", "False", 
                          "true", "false", "    true    ", "0", 
                          "1", "-1", "string" };
      foreach (var value in values) {
         try {
            bool flag = Boolean.Parse(value);
            Console.WriteLine("'{0}' --> {1}", value, flag);
         catch (ArgumentException) {
            Console.WriteLine("Cannot parse a null string.");
         catch (FormatException) {
            Console.WriteLine("Cannot parse '{0}'.", value);
// The example displays the following output: 
//       Cannot parse a null string. 
//       Cannot parse ''. 
//       'True' --> True 
//       'False' --> False 
//       'true' --> True 
//       'false' --> False 
//       '    true    ' --> True 
//       Cannot parse '0'. 
//       Cannot parse '1'. 
//       Cannot parse '-1'. 
//       Cannot parse 'string'.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library
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