In C#, How Can I Convert DateTime To A Specific String Format (e.g. “yyyymmdd”) And Vice Versa?

To convert a DateTime object to a specific string format in C#, you can use the ToString() method with a format specifier. To convert a string in a specific format back to a DateTime object, you can use the DateTime.ParseExact() or DateTime.TryParseExact() method with the same format specifier.

Here’s an example of how to convert DateTime to/from a specific string format (e.g., "yyyyMMdd"):

  1. Convert DateTime to specific string format:
DateTime dateTime = DateTime.Now; // or any DateTime object
string formattedDate = dateTime.ToString("yyyyMMdd");
  1. Convert specific string format to DateTime:
string dateString = "20211231"; // example input string
DateTime parsedDateTime;
bool isValidFormat = DateTime.TryParseExact(dateString, "yyyyMMdd", CultureInfo.InvariantCulture, DateTimeStyles.None, out parsedDateTime);

if (isValidFormat)
    // Use the parsedDateTime variable
    // Invalid format

Note: In the above code snippets, "yyyyMMdd" is the format specifier representing year, month, and day in numeric form. You can modify the format specifier according to your specific requirements.

If you are sure that the string format will always be in the correct format, you can use DateTime.ParseExact() instead of DateTime.TryParseExact() to directly parse the string without checking the validity. However, using DateTime.TryParseExact() is recommended to handle cases where the input string might not be in the expected format.

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