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Convert::ToDateTime Method (String)

Converts the specified string representation of a date and time to an equivalent date and time value.

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

static DateTime ToDateTime(
	String^ value


Type: System::String
The string representation of a date and time.

Return Value

Type: System::DateTime
The date and time equivalent of the value of value, or the date and time equivalent of DateTime::MinValue if value is nullptr.


value is not a properly formatted date and time string.

If value is not nullptr, the return value is the result of invoking the DateTime::Parse method on value using the formatting information in a DateTimeFormatInfo object that is initialized for the current culture. The value argument must contain the representation of a date and time in one of the formats described in the DateTimeFormatInfo topic. If value is nullptr, the method returns DateTime::MinValue.

This method tries to parse value completely and avoid throwing a FormatException. It completes missing month, day, and year information with the current date. If value contains only a date and no time, this method assumes a time of midnight. Any leading, inner, or trailing white-space characters in value are ignored.

If you prefer not to handle an exception if the conversion fails, you can call the DateTime::TryParse method instead. It returns a Boolean value that indicates whether the conversion succeeded or failed.

The following example uses the ToDateTime method to convert various string representations of dates and times to DateTime values.

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.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.