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String.LastIndexOf Method (String, Int32, StringComparison)

Reports the zero-based index of the last occurrence of a specified string within the current String object. The search starts at a specified character position and proceeds backward toward the beginning of the string. A parameter specifies the type of comparison to perform when searching for the specified string.

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

'Declaration
Public Function LastIndexOf ( _
	value As String, _
	startIndex As Integer, _
	comparisonType As StringComparison _
) As Integer

Parameters

value
Type: System.String

The string to seek.

startIndex
Type: System.Int32

The search starting position. The search proceeds from startIndex toward the beginning of this instance.

comparisonType
Type: System.StringComparison

One of the enumeration values that specifies the rules for the search.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The zero-based starting index position of the value parameter if that string is found, or -1 if it is not found or if the current instance equals String.Empty. If value is String.Empty, the return value is the smaller of startIndex and the last index position in this instance.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

value is Nothing.

ArgumentOutOfRangeException

The current instance does not equal String.Empty, and startIndex is less than zero or greater than the length of the current instance.

-or-

The current instance equals String.Empty, and startIndex is less than -1 or greater than zero.

ArgumentException

comparisonType is not a valid System.StringComparison value.

Index numbering starts from zero. That is, the first character in the string is at index zero and the last is at Length - 1.

The search begins at the startIndex character position and proceeds backward until either value is found or the first character position has been examined. For example, if startIndex is Length - 1, the method searches every character from the last character in the string to the beginning.

The comparisonType parameter specifies to search for the value parameter using the current or invariant culture, using a case-sensitive or case-insensitive search, and using word or ordinal comparison rules.

Notes to Callers

Character sets include ignorable characters, which are characters that are not considered when performing a linguistic or culture-sensitive comparison. In a culture-sensitive search (that is, if comparisonType is not StringComparison.Ordinal or StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase), if value contains an ignorable character, the result is equivalent to searching with that character removed. If value consists only of one or more ignorable characters, the LastIndexOf(String, Int32, StringComparison) method always returns startIndex, which is the character position at which the search begins.

In the following example, the LastIndexOf(String, Int32, StringComparison) method is used to find the position of a soft hyphen (U+00AD) followed by an "m", starting with the final "m" in two strings. Only one of the strings contains the required substring. If the example is run on the .NET Framework 4 or later, in both cases, because the soft hyphen is an ignorable character, the method returns the index of "m" in the string when it performs a culture-sensitive comparison. Note that in the case of the first string, which includes the soft hyphen followed by an "m", the method fails to return the index of the soft hyphen but instead returns the index of the "m". The method returns the index of the soft hyphen in the first string only when it performs an ordinal comparison.

Public Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      Dim searchString As String = ChrW(&h00AD) + "m" 
      Dim s1 As String = "ani" + ChrW(&h00AD) + "mal"  
      Dim s2 As String = "animal" 
      Dim position As Integer

      position = s1.LastIndexOf("m"c)
      If position >= 0 Then
         Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(searchString, position, StringComparison.CurrentCulture))
         Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(searchString, position, StringComparison.Ordinal))
      End If

      position = s2.LastIndexOf("m"c)
      If position >= 0 Then
         Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(searchString, position, StringComparison.CurrentCulture))
         Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(searchString, position, StringComparison.Ordinal))
      End If 
   End Sub 
End Module 
' The example displays the following output: 
'       4 
'       3 
'       3 
'       -1

The following example demonstrates three overloads of the LastIndexOf method that find the last occurrence of a string within another string using different values of the StringComparison enumeration.

' This code example demonstrates the  
' System.String.LastIndexOf(String, ..., StringComparison) methods. 

Imports System
Imports System.Threading
Imports System.Globalization

Class Sample
    Public Shared Sub Main() 
        Dim intro As String = "Find the last occurrence of a character using different " & _
                              "values of StringComparison." 
        Dim resultFmt As String = "Comparison: {0,-28} Location: {1,3}" 

        ' Define a string to search for. 
        ' U+00c5 = LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A WITH RING ABOVE 
        Dim CapitalAWithRing As String = "Å" 

        ' Define a string to search.  
        ' The result of combining the characters LATIN SMALL LETTER A and COMBINING  
        ' RING ABOVE (U+0061, U+030a) is linguistically equivalent to the character  
        ' LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH RING ABOVE (U+00e5). 
        Dim cat As String = "A Cheshire c" & "å" & "t" 
        Dim loc As Integer = 0
        Dim scValues As StringComparison() =  { _
                        StringComparison.CurrentCulture, _
                        StringComparison.CurrentCultureIgnoreCase, _
                        StringComparison.InvariantCulture, _
                        StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase, _
                        StringComparison.Ordinal, _
                        StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase }
        Dim sc As StringComparison

        ' Clear the screen and display an introduction.
        Console.Clear()
        Console.WriteLine(intro)

        ' Display the current culture because culture affects the result. For example,  
        ' try this code example with the "sv-SE" (Swedish-Sweden) culture.
        Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture = New CultureInfo("en-US")
        Console.WriteLine("The current culture is ""{0}"" - {1}.", _
                           Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture.Name, _
                           Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture.DisplayName)

        ' Display the string to search for and the string to search.
        Console.WriteLine("Search for the string ""{0}"" in the string ""{1}""", _
                           CapitalAWithRing, cat)
        Console.WriteLine()

        ' Note that in each of the following searches, we look for  
        ' LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A WITH RING ABOVE in a string that contains  
        ' LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH RING ABOVE. A result value of -1 indicates  
        ' the string was not found. 
        ' Search using different values of StringComparsion. Specify the start  
        ' index and count. 
        Console.WriteLine("Part 1: Start index and count are specified.")
        For Each sc In  scValues
            loc = cat.LastIndexOf(CapitalAWithRing, cat.Length - 1, cat.Length, sc)
            Console.WriteLine(resultFmt, sc, loc)
        Next sc

        ' Search using different values of StringComparsion. Specify the  
        ' start index. 
        Console.WriteLine(vbCrLf & "Part 2: Start index is specified.")
        For Each sc In  scValues
            loc = cat.LastIndexOf(CapitalAWithRing, cat.Length - 1, sc)
            Console.WriteLine(resultFmt, sc, loc)
        Next sc

        ' Search using different values of StringComparsion. 
        Console.WriteLine(vbCrLf & "Part 3: Neither start index nor count is specified.")
        For Each sc In  scValues
            loc = cat.LastIndexOf(CapitalAWithRing, sc)
            Console.WriteLine(resultFmt, sc, loc)
        Next sc

    End Sub 'Main
End Class 'Sample


'Note: This code example was executed on a console whose user interface  
'culture is "en-US" (English-United States). 

'This code example produces the following results: 

'Find the last occurrence of a character using different values of StringComparison. 
'The current culture is "en-US" - English (United States). 
'Search for the string "Å" in the string "A Cheshire ca°t" 

'Part 1: Start index and count are specified. 
'Comparison: CurrentCulture               Location:  -1 
'Comparison: CurrentCultureIgnoreCase     Location:  12 
'Comparison: InvariantCulture             Location:  -1 
'Comparison: InvariantCultureIgnoreCase   Location:  12 
'Comparison: Ordinal                      Location:  -1 
'Comparison: OrdinalIgnoreCase            Location:  -1 

'Part 2: Start index is specified. 
'Comparison: CurrentCulture               Location:  -1 
'Comparison: CurrentCultureIgnoreCase     Location:  12 
'Comparison: InvariantCulture             Location:  -1 
'Comparison: InvariantCultureIgnoreCase   Location:  12 
'Comparison: Ordinal                      Location:  -1 
'Comparison: OrdinalIgnoreCase            Location:  -1 

'Part 3: Neither start index nor count is specified. 
'Comparison: CurrentCulture               Location:  -1 
'Comparison: CurrentCultureIgnoreCase     Location:  12 
'Comparison: InvariantCulture             Location:  -1 
'Comparison: InvariantCultureIgnoreCase   Location:  12 
'Comparison: Ordinal                      Location:  -1 
'Comparison: OrdinalIgnoreCase            Location:  -1 
'

.NET Framework

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

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8
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