Convert.ToDateTime Method (String)


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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 member ToDateTime : 
        value:string -> DateTime


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 null.

Exception Condition

value is not a properly formatted date and time string.

If value is not null, 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 null, 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.TryParsemethod 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.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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