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String.IndexOf Method (Char, Int32, Int32)

Reports the zero-based index of the first occurrence of the specified character in this instance. The search starts at a specified character position and examines a specified number of character positions.

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

public int IndexOf(
	char value,
	int startIndex,
	int count
)

Parameters

value
Type: System.Char

A Unicode character to seek.

startIndex
Type: System.Int32

The search starting position.

count
Type: System.Int32

The number of character positions to examine.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The zero-based index position of value if that character is found, or -1 if it is not.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentOutOfRangeException

count or startIndex is negative.

-or-

startIndex is greater than the length of this string.

-or-

count is greater than the length of this string minus startIndex.

The search begins at startIndex and continues to startIndex + count -1. The character at startIndex + count is not included in the search.

Index numbering starts from 0 (zero). The startIndex parameter can range from 0 to the length of the string instance.

This method performs an ordinal (culture-insensitive) search, where a character is considered equivalent to another character only if their Unicode scalar values are the same. To perform a culture-sensitive search, use the CompareInfo.IndexOf method, where a Unicode scalar value representing a precomposed character, such as the ligature "Æ" (U+00C6), might be considered equivalent to any occurrence of the character's components in the correct sequence, such as "AE" (U+0041, U+0045), depending on the culture.

The following example demonstrates the IndexOf method.

// Example for the String.IndexOf( char, int, int ) method. 
using System;

class IndexOfCII 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
        string br1 = 
            "0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----" +
            "4----+----5----+----6----+----7";
        string br2 = 
            "0123456789012345678901234567890123456789" +
            "0123456789012345678901234567890";
        string str = 
            "ABCDEFGHI abcdefghi ABCDEFGHI abcdefghi " +
            "ABCDEFGHI abcdefghi ABCDEFGHI";

        Console.WriteLine( 
            "This example of String.IndexOf( char, int, int )\n" +
            "generates the following output." );
        Console.WriteLine( 
            "{0}{1}{0}{2}{0}{3}{0}", 
            Environment.NewLine, br1, br2, str );

        FindAllChar( 'A', str );
        FindAllChar( 'a', str );
        FindAllChar( 'I', str );
        FindAllChar( 'i', str );
        FindAllChar( '@', str );
        FindAllChar( ' ', str );
    }

    static void FindAllChar( Char target, String searched )
    {
        Console.Write( 
            "The character '{0}' occurs at position(s): ", 
            target );

        int     startIndex = -1;
        int     hitCount = 0;

        // Search for all occurrences of the target. 
        while( true )
        {
            startIndex = searched.IndexOf( 
                target, startIndex + 1, 
                searched.Length - startIndex - 1 );

            // Exit the loop if the target is not found. 
            if( startIndex < 0 )
                break;

            Console.Write( "{0}, ", startIndex );
            hitCount++;
        }

        Console.WriteLine( "occurrences: {0}", hitCount );
    }
}

/*
This example of String.IndexOf( char, int, int )
generates the following output.

0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+----7
01234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890
ABCDEFGHI abcdefghi ABCDEFGHI abcdefghi ABCDEFGHI abcdefghi ABCDEFGHI

The character 'A' occurs at position(s): 0, 20, 40, 60, occurrences: 4
The character 'a' occurs at position(s): 10, 30, 50, occurrences: 3
The character 'I' occurs at position(s): 8, 28, 48, 68, occurrences: 4
The character 'i' occurs at position(s): 18, 38, 58, occurrences: 3
The character '@' occurs at position(s): occurrences: 0
The character ' ' occurs at position(s): 9, 19, 29, 39, 49, 59, occurrences: 6
*/

.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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