How Do I Convert Data From One Type to Another in C#?


Heather Bennett

In C#, data conversion is an essential aspect of programming. There are situations where you may need to convert data from one type to another, such as converting a string to an integer or vice versa. In this tutorial, we will explore various methods for converting data between different types in C#.

1. Converting Numeric Types

When it comes to converting numeric types, C# provides several built-in methods that make the process straightforward.

1.1 Converting Integers

If you have a variable of type int and you want to convert it to a double, you can use the Convert.ToDouble() method:

int myInt = 10;
double myDouble = Convert.ToDouble(myInt);

To convert a double back to an int, you can use the Convert.ToInt32() method:

double myDouble = 10.5;
int myInt = Convert.ToInt32(myDouble);

1.2 Converting Floating-Point Numbers

If you have a variable of type float, you can easily convert it to a decimal:

float myFloat = 10.5f;
decimal myDecimal = (decimal)myFloat;

To convert a decimal back to a float, you can use casting:

decimal myDecimal = 10.5m;
float myFloat = (float)myDecimal;

2. Converting Strings

Converting strings to other types and vice versa is a common operation in C#. Here are some methods you can use:

2.1 Converting Strings to Integers

If you have a string that represents an integer value, you can convert it to an int using the int.Parse() method:

string myString = "123";
int myInt = int.Parse(myString);

If the string cannot be parsed as an integer, this method will throw a FormatException. To handle such scenarios without throwing an exception, you can use the int.TryParse() method:

string myString = "abc";
int myInt;
if (int.TryParse(myString, out myInt))
    // Conversion successful
    // Conversion failed

2.2 Converting Strings to Doubles

To convert a string representation of a double to a double, you can use the double.Parse() method:

string myString = "10.5";
double myDouble = double.Parse(myString);

The double.TryParse() method works similarly to its integer counterpart and allows you to handle conversion failures gracefully.

3. Other Type Conversions

In addition to numeric types and strings, C# supports conversions between various other types as well. Here are a few examples:

3.1 Converting Booleans

To convert a string to a boolean, you can use the bool.Parse() method:

string myString = "true";
bool myBool = bool.Parse(myString);

3.2 Converting Characters

If you have a character and want to convert it to an int, you can simply cast it:

char myChar = 'A';
int myInt = (int)myChar;


In this tutorial, we explored different methods for converting data from one type to another in C#. We learned about converting between numeric types, handling string conversions, and explored conversions for booleans and characters. By understanding these conversion techniques, you can effectively manipulate data and ensure compatibility between different types in your C# programs.

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