String.LastIndexOf Method

Definition

Reports the zero-based index position of the last occurrence of a specified Unicode character or string within this instance. The method returns -1 if the character or string is not found in this instance.

Overloads

LastIndexOf(String, Int32, Int32, StringComparison)

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

LastIndexOf(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.

LastIndexOf(Char, Int32, Int32)

Reports the zero-based index position of the last occurrence of the specified Unicode character in a substring within this instance. The search starts at a specified character position and proceeds backward toward the beginning of the string for a specified number of character positions.

LastIndexOf(String, StringComparison)

Reports the zero-based index of the last occurrence of a specified string within the current String object. A parameter specifies the type of search to use for the specified string.

LastIndexOf(String, Int32, Int32)

Reports the zero-based index position of the last occurrence of a specified string within this instance. The search starts at a specified character position and proceeds backward toward the beginning of the string for a specified number of character positions.

LastIndexOf(Char, Int32)

Reports the zero-based index position of the last occurrence of a specified Unicode character within this instance. The search starts at a specified character position and proceeds backward toward the beginning of the string.

LastIndexOf(String)

Reports the zero-based index position of the last occurrence of a specified string within this instance.

LastIndexOf(Char)

Reports the zero-based index position of the last occurrence of a specified Unicode character within this instance.

LastIndexOf(String, Int32)

Reports the zero-based index position of the last occurrence of a specified string within this instance. The search starts at a specified character position and proceeds backward toward the beginning of the string.

LastIndexOf(String, Int32, Int32, StringComparison)

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

public int LastIndexOf (string value, int startIndex, int count, StringComparison comparisonType);
Parameters
value
String

The string to seek.

startIndex
Int32

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

count
Int32

The number of character positions to examine.

comparisonType
StringComparison

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

Returns

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 Empty. If value is Empty, the return value is the smaller of startIndex and the last index position in this instance.

Exceptions

value is null.

count is negative.

-or-

The current instance does not equal Empty, and startIndex is negative.

-or-

The current instance does not equal Empty, and startIndex is greater than the length of this instance.

-or-

The current instance does not equal Empty, and startIndex + 1 - count specifies a position that is not within this instance.

-or-

The current instance equals Empty and start is less than -1 or greater than zero.

-or-

The current instance equals Empty and count is greater than 1.

comparisonType is not a valid StringComparison value.

Examples

The following exampledemonstrates 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.

using System;
using System.Threading;
using System.Globalization;

class Sample 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
    string intro = "Find the last occurrence of a character using different " + 
                   "values of StringComparison.";
    string resultFmt = "Comparison: {0,-28} Location: {1,3}";

// Define a string to search for.
// U+00c5 = LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A WITH RING ABOVE
    string CapitalAWithRing = "\u00c5"; 

// 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).
    string cat = "A Cheshire c" + "\u0061\u030a" + "t";
    int loc = 0;
    StringComparison[] scValues = {
        StringComparison.CurrentCulture,
        StringComparison.CurrentCultureIgnoreCase,
        StringComparison.InvariantCulture,
        StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase,
        StringComparison.Ordinal,
        StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase };

// 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.");
    foreach (StringComparison sc in scValues)
        {
        loc = cat.LastIndexOf(CapitalAWithRing, cat.Length-1, cat.Length, sc);
        Console.WriteLine(resultFmt, sc, loc);
        }

// Search using different values of StringComparsion. Specify the 
// start index. 
    Console.WriteLine("\nPart 2: Start index is specified.");
    foreach (StringComparison sc in scValues)
        {
        loc = cat.LastIndexOf(CapitalAWithRing, cat.Length-1, sc);
        Console.WriteLine(resultFmt, sc, loc);
        }

// Search using different values of StringComparsion. 
    Console.WriteLine("\nPart 3: Neither start index nor count is specified.");
    foreach (StringComparison sc in scValues)
        {
        loc = cat.LastIndexOf(CapitalAWithRing, sc);
        Console.WriteLine(resultFmt, sc, loc);
        }
    }
}

/*
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

*/
' 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
'

Remarks

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 count character positions have been examined. For example, if startIndex is Length - 1, the method searches backward count characters from the last character in the string.

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 Ordinal or 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, Int32, StringComparison) method always returns startIndex, which is the character position at which the search begins.

In the following example, the LastIndexOf(String, Int32, Int32, StringComparison) method is used to find the position of a soft hyphen (U+00AD) followed by an "m" in all but the first character position before 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. When it performs an ordinal comparison, however, it finds the substring only in the first string. 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" when it performs a culture-sensitive comparison. The method returns the index of the soft hyphen in the first string only when it performs an ordinal comparison.

using System;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      string searchString = "\u00ADm";
      string s1 = "ani\u00ADmal" ;
      string s2 = "animal";
      int position;

      position = s1.LastIndexOf('m');
      if (position >= 1) {
         Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(searchString, position, position, StringComparison.CurrentCulture));
         Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(searchString, position, position, StringComparison.Ordinal));
      }      
      
      position = s2.LastIndexOf('m');
      if (position >= 1) { 
         Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(searchString, position, position, StringComparison.CurrentCulture));
         Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(searchString, position, position, StringComparison.Ordinal));
      }
   }
}
// The example displays the following output:
//       4
//       3
//       3
//       -1
Public Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      Dim searchString As String = ChrW(&h00AD) + "m"
      Dim s1 As String = "ani" + ChrW(&h00AD) + "m" 
      Dim s2 As String = "animal"
      Dim position As Integer

      position = s1.LastIndexOf("m"c)
      If position >= 1 Then
         Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(searchString, position, position, StringComparison.CurrentCulture))
         Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(searchString, position, position, StringComparison.Ordinal))
      End If      
      
      position = s2.LastIndexOf("m"c)
      If position >= 1 Then 
         Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(searchString, position, position, StringComparison.CurrentCulture))
         Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(searchString, position, position, StringComparison.Ordinal))
      End If
   End Sub
End Module
' The example displays the following output:
'       4
'       3
'       3
'       -1

LastIndexOf(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.

public int LastIndexOf (string value, int startIndex, StringComparison comparisonType);
Parameters
value
String

The string to seek.

startIndex
Int32

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

comparisonType
StringComparison

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

Returns

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 Empty. If value is Empty, the return value is the smaller of startIndex and the last index position in this instance.

Exceptions

value is null.

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

-or-

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

comparisonType is not a valid StringComparison value.

Examples

The following exampledemonstrates 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.

using System;
using System.Threading;
using System.Globalization;

class Sample 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
    string intro = "Find the last occurrence of a character using different " + 
                   "values of StringComparison.";
    string resultFmt = "Comparison: {0,-28} Location: {1,3}";

// Define a string to search for.
// U+00c5 = LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A WITH RING ABOVE
    string CapitalAWithRing = "\u00c5"; 

// 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).
    string cat = "A Cheshire c" + "\u0061\u030a" + "t";
    int loc = 0;
    StringComparison[] scValues = {
        StringComparison.CurrentCulture,
        StringComparison.CurrentCultureIgnoreCase,
        StringComparison.InvariantCulture,
        StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase,
        StringComparison.Ordinal,
        StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase };

// 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.");
    foreach (StringComparison sc in scValues)
        {
        loc = cat.LastIndexOf(CapitalAWithRing, cat.Length-1, cat.Length, sc);
        Console.WriteLine(resultFmt, sc, loc);
        }

// Search using different values of StringComparsion. Specify the 
// start index. 
    Console.WriteLine("\nPart 2: Start index is specified.");
    foreach (StringComparison sc in scValues)
        {
        loc = cat.LastIndexOf(CapitalAWithRing, cat.Length-1, sc);
        Console.WriteLine(resultFmt, sc, loc);
        }

// Search using different values of StringComparsion. 
    Console.WriteLine("\nPart 3: Neither start index nor count is specified.");
    foreach (StringComparison sc in scValues)
        {
        loc = cat.LastIndexOf(CapitalAWithRing, sc);
        Console.WriteLine(resultFmt, sc, loc);
        }
    }
}

/*
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

*/
' 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
'

Remarks

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 Ordinal or 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.

using System;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      string searchString = "\u00ADm";
      string s1 = "ani\u00ADmal" ;
      string s2 = "animal";
      int position;

      position = s1.LastIndexOf('m');
      if (position >= 0) {
         Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(searchString, position, StringComparison.CurrentCulture));
         Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(searchString, position, StringComparison.Ordinal));
      }
      
      position = s2.LastIndexOf('m');
      if (position >= 0) {
         Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(searchString, position, StringComparison.CurrentCulture));
         Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(searchString, position, StringComparison.Ordinal));
      }
   }
}
// The example displays the following output:
//       4
//       3
//       3
//       -1
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

LastIndexOf(Char, Int32, Int32)

Reports the zero-based index position of the last occurrence of the specified Unicode character in a substring within this instance. The search starts at a specified character position and proceeds backward toward the beginning of the string for a specified number of character positions.

public int LastIndexOf (char value, int startIndex, int count);
Parameters
value
Char

The Unicode character to seek.

startIndex
Int32

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

count
Int32

The number of character positions to examine.

Returns

The zero-based index position of value if that character is found, or -1 if it is not found or if the current instance equals Empty.

Exceptions

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

-or-

The current instance does not equal Empty, and startIndex - count + 1 is less than zero.

Examples

The following example finds the index of all occurrences of a character in a substring, working from the end of the substring to the start of the substring.

// Sample for String::LastIndexOf(Char, Int32, Int32)
using namespace System;
int main()
{
   String^ br1 = "0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-";
   String^ br2 = "0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456";
   String^ str = "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.";
   int start;
   int at;
   int count;
   int end;
   start = str->Length - 1;
   end = start / 2 - 1;
   Console::WriteLine( "All occurrences of 't' from position {0} to {1}.", start, end );
   Console::WriteLine( "\n{0}\n{1}\n{2}", br1, br2, str );
   Console::Write( "The letter 't' occurs at position(s): " );
   count = 0;
   at = 0;
   while ( (start > -1) && (at > -1) )
   {
      count = start - end; //Count must be within the substring.
      at = str->LastIndexOf( 't', start, count );
      if ( at > -1 )
      {
         Console::Write( " {0} ", at );
         start = at - 1;
      }
   }
}

/*
This example produces the following results:
All occurrences of 't' from position 66 to 32.
0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-
0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.

The letter 't' occurs at position(s): 64 55 44 41 33


*/
// Sample for String.LastIndexOf(Char, Int32, Int32)
using System;

class Sample {
    public static void Main() {

    string br1 = "0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-";
    string br2 = "0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456";
    string str = "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.";
    int start;
    int at;
    int count;
    int end;

    start = str.Length-1;
    end = start/2 - 1;
    Console.WriteLine("All occurrences of 't' from position {0} to {1}.", start, end);
    Console.WriteLine("{1}{0}{2}{0}{3}{0}", Environment.NewLine, br1, br2, str);
    Console.Write("The letter 't' occurs at position(s): ");

    count = 0;
    at = 0;
    while((start > -1) && (at > -1))
        {
        count = start - end; //Count must be within the substring.
        at = str.LastIndexOf('t', start, count);
        if (at > -1) 
            {
            Console.Write("{0} ", at);
            start = at - 1;
            }
        }
    Console.Write("{0}{0}{0}", Environment.NewLine);
    }
}
/*
This example produces the following results:
All occurrences of 't' from position 66 to 32.
0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-
0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.

The letter 't' occurs at position(s): 64 55 44 41 33


*/
' Sample for String.LastIndexOf(Char, Int32, Int32)
Imports System
 _

Class Sample
   
   Public Shared Sub Main()
      
      Dim br1 As String = "0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-"
      Dim br2 As String = "0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456"
      Dim str As String = "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party."
      Dim start As Integer
      Dim at As Integer
      Dim count As Integer
      Dim [end] As Integer

      start = str.Length - 1
      [end] = start / 2 - 1
      Console.WriteLine("All occurrences of 't' from position {0} to {1}.", start, [end])
      Console.WriteLine("{1}{0}{2}{0}{3}{0}", Environment.NewLine, br1, br2, str)
      Console.Write("The letter 't' occurs at position(s): ")
      
      count = 0
      at = 0
      While start > - 1 And at > - 1
         count = start - [end] 'Count must be within the substring.
         at = str.LastIndexOf("t"c, start, count)
         If at > - 1 Then
            Console.Write("{0} ", at)
            start = at - 1
         End If
      End While
      Console.Write("{0}{0}{0}", Environment.NewLine)
   End Sub 'Main 
End Class 'Sample
'
'This example produces the following results:
'All occurrences of 't' from position 66 to 32.
'0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-
'0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456
'Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.
'
'The letter 't' occurs at position(s): 64 55 44 41 33
'
'

Remarks

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

This method begins searching at the startIndex character position and proceeds backward toward the beginning of this instance until either value is found or count character positions have been examined. For example, if startIndex is Length - 1, the method searches backward count characters from the last character in the string. The search is case-sensitive.

This method performs an ordinal (culture-insensitive) search, where a character is considered equivalent to another character only if their Unicode scalar value are the same. To perform a culture-sensitive search, use the CompareInfo.LastIndexOf 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.

See Also

LastIndexOf(String, StringComparison)

Reports the zero-based index of the last occurrence of a specified string within the current String object. A parameter specifies the type of search to use for the specified string.

public int LastIndexOf (string value, StringComparison comparisonType);
Parameters
value
String

The string to seek.

comparisonType
StringComparison

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

Returns

The zero-based starting index position of the value parameter if that string is found, or -1 if it is not. If value is Empty, the return value is the last index position in this instance.

Exceptions

value is null.

comparisonType is not a valid StringComparison value.

Examples

The following exampledemonstrates 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.

using System;
using System.Threading;
using System.Globalization;

class Sample 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
    string intro = "Find the last occurrence of a character using different " + 
                   "values of StringComparison.";
    string resultFmt = "Comparison: {0,-28} Location: {1,3}";

// Define a string to search for.
// U+00c5 = LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A WITH RING ABOVE
    string CapitalAWithRing = "\u00c5"; 

// 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).
    string cat = "A Cheshire c" + "\u0061\u030a" + "t";
    int loc = 0;
    StringComparison[] scValues = {
        StringComparison.CurrentCulture,
        StringComparison.CurrentCultureIgnoreCase,
        StringComparison.InvariantCulture,
        StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase,
        StringComparison.Ordinal,
        StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase };

// 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.");
    foreach (StringComparison sc in scValues)
        {
        loc = cat.LastIndexOf(CapitalAWithRing, cat.Length-1, cat.Length, sc);
        Console.WriteLine(resultFmt, sc, loc);
        }

// Search using different values of StringComparsion. Specify the 
// start index. 
    Console.WriteLine("\nPart 2: Start index is specified.");
    foreach (StringComparison sc in scValues)
        {
        loc = cat.LastIndexOf(CapitalAWithRing, cat.Length-1, sc);
        Console.WriteLine(resultFmt, sc, loc);
        }

// Search using different values of StringComparsion. 
    Console.WriteLine("\nPart 3: Neither start index nor count is specified.");
    foreach (StringComparison sc in scValues)
        {
        loc = cat.LastIndexOf(CapitalAWithRing, sc);
        Console.WriteLine(resultFmt, sc, loc);
        }
    }
}

/*
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

*/
' 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
'

Remarks

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 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.

The search begins at the last character position of this instance and proceeds backward toward the beginning until either value is found or the first character position has been examined.

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 options is not Ordinal or 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, StringComparison) method always returns Length – 1, which represents the last index position in the current instance.

In the following example, the LastIndexOf(String, StringComparison) method is used to find three substrings (a soft hyphen (U+00AD), a soft hyphen followed by "n", and a soft hyphen followed by "m") in two strings. Only one of the strings contains a soft hyphen. If the example is run on the .NET Framework 4 or later, because the soft hyphen is an ignorable character, a culture-sensitive search returns the same value that it would return if the soft hyphen were not included in the search string. An ordinal search, however, successfully finds the soft hyphen in one string and reports that it is absent from the second string.

using System;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      string s1 = "ani\u00ADmal";
      string s2 = "animal";
      
      Console.WriteLine("Culture-sensitive comparison:");
      // Use culture-sensitive comparison to find the last soft hyphen.
      Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf("\u00AD", StringComparison.CurrentCulture));
      Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf("\u00AD", StringComparison.CurrentCulture));
      
      // Use culture-sensitive comparison to find the last soft hyphen followed by "n".
      Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf("\u00ADn", StringComparison.CurrentCulture));
      Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf("\u00ADn", StringComparison.CurrentCulture));
      
      // Use culture-sensitive comparison to find the last soft hyphen followed by "m".
      Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf("\u00ADm", StringComparison.CurrentCulture));
      Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf("\u00ADm", StringComparison.CurrentCulture));
      
      Console.WriteLine("Ordinal comparison:");
      // Use ordinal comparison to find the last soft hyphen.
      Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf("\u00AD", StringComparison.Ordinal));
      Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf("\u00AD", StringComparison.Ordinal));
      
      // Use ordinal comparison to find the last soft hyphen followed by "n".
      Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf("\u00ADn", StringComparison.Ordinal));
      Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf("\u00ADn", StringComparison.Ordinal));
      
      // Use ordinal comparison to find the last soft hyphen followed by "m".
      Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf("\u00ADm", StringComparison.Ordinal));
      Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf("\u00ADm", StringComparison.Ordinal));
   }
}
// The example displays the following output:
//       6
//       5
//       1
//       1
//       4
//       3
//       Ordinal comparison:
//       3
//       -1
//       -1
//       -1
//       3
//       -1
Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      Dim softHyphen As String = ChrW(&h00AD)
      Dim s1 As String = "ani" + softHyphen + "mal"
      Dim s2 As String = "animal"
      
      Console.WriteLine("Culture-sensitive comparison:")
      ' Use culture-sensitive comparison to find the last soft hyphen.
      Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(softHyphen, StringComparison.CurrentCulture))
      Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(softHyphen, StringComparison.CurrentCulture))
      
      ' Use culture-sensitive comparison to find the last soft hyphen followed by "n".
      Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(softHyphen + "n", StringComparison.CurrentCulture))
      Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(softHyphen + "n", StringComparison.CurrentCulture))
      
      ' Use culture-sensitive comparison to find the last soft hyphen followed by "m".
      Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(softHyphen + "m", StringComparison.CurrentCulture))
      Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(softHyphen + "m", StringComparison.CurrentCulture))
      
      Console.WriteLine("Ordinal comparison:")
      ' Use ordinal comparison to find the last soft hyphen.
      Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(softHyphen, StringComparison.Ordinal))
      Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(softHyphen, StringComparison.Ordinal))
      
      ' Use ordinal comparison to find the last soft hyphen followed by "n".
      Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(softHyphen + "n", StringComparison.Ordinal))
      Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(softHyphen + "n", StringComparison.Ordinal))
      
      ' Use ordinal comparison to find the last soft hyphen followed by "m".
      Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(softHyphen + "m", StringComparison.Ordinal))
      Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(softHyphen + "m", StringComparison.Ordinal))
   End Sub
End Module
' The example displays the following output:
'       6
'       5
'       1
'       1
'       4
'       3
'       Ordinal comparison:
'       3
'       -1
'       -1
'       -1
'       3
'       -1

LastIndexOf(String, Int32, Int32)

Reports the zero-based index position of the last occurrence of a specified string within this instance. The search starts at a specified character position and proceeds backward toward the beginning of the string for a specified number of character positions.

public int LastIndexOf (string value, int startIndex, int count);
Parameters
value
String

The string to seek.

startIndex
Int32

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

count
Int32

The number of character positions to examine.

Returns

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

Exceptions

value is null.

count is negative.

-or-

The current instance does not equal Empty, and startIndex is negative.

-or-

The current instance does not equal Empty, and startIndex is greater than the length of this instance.

-or-

The current instance does not equal Empty, and startIndex - count+ 1 specifies a position that is not within this instance.

-or-

The current instance equals Empty and start is less than -1 or greater than zero.

-or-

The current instance equals Empty and count is greater than 1.

Examples

The following example finds the index of all occurrences of a string in substring, working from the end of the substring to the start of the substring.

// Sample for String::LastIndexOf(String, Int32, Int32)
using namespace System;
int main()
{
   String^ br1 = "0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-";
   String^ br2 = "0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456";
   String^ str = "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.";
   int start;
   int at;
   int count;
   int end;
   start = str->Length - 1;
   end = start / 2 - 1;
   Console::WriteLine( "All occurrences of 'he' from position {0} to {1}.", start, end );
   Console::WriteLine( "{1}{0}{2}{0}{3}{0}", Environment::NewLine, br1, br2, str );
   Console::Write( "The string 'he' occurs at position(s): " );
   count = 0;
   at = 0;
   while ( (start > -1) && (at > -1) )
   {
      count = start - end; //Count must be within the substring.
      at = str->LastIndexOf( "he", start, count );
      if ( at > -1 )
      {
         Console::Write( "{0} ", at );
         start = at - 1;
      }
   }

   Console::Write( "{0} {0} {0}", Environment::NewLine );
}

/*
This example produces the following results:
All occurrences of 'he' from position 66 to 32.
0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-
0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.

The string 'he' occurs at position(s): 56 45
*/
// Sample for String.LastIndexOf(String, Int32, Int32)
using System;

class Sample {
    public static void Main() {

    string br1 = "0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-";
    string br2 = "0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456";
    string str = "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.";
    int start;
    int at;
    int count;
    int end;

    start = str.Length-1;
    end = start/2 - 1;
    Console.WriteLine("All occurrences of 'he' from position {0} to {1}.", start, end);
    Console.WriteLine("{1}{0}{2}{0}{3}{0}", Environment.NewLine, br1, br2, str);
    Console.Write("The string 'he' occurs at position(s): ");

    count = 0;
    at = 0;
    while((start > -1) && (at > -1))
        {
        count = start - end; //Count must be within the substring.
        at = str.LastIndexOf("he", start, count);
        if (at > -1) 
            {
            Console.Write("{0} ", at);
            start = at - 1;
            }
        }
    Console.Write("{0}{0}{0}", Environment.NewLine);
    }
}
/*
This example produces the following results:
All occurrences of 'he' from position 66 to 32.
0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-
0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.

The string 'he' occurs at position(s): 56 45
*/
' Sample for String.LastIndexOf(String, Int32, Int32)
Imports System
 _

Class Sample
   
   Public Shared Sub Main()
      
      Dim br1 As String = "0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-"
      Dim br2 As String = "0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456"
      Dim str As String = "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party."
      Dim start As Integer
      Dim at As Integer
      Dim count As Integer
      Dim [end] As Integer

      start = str.Length - 1
      [end] = start / 2 - 1
      Console.WriteLine("All occurrences of 'he' from position {0} to {1}.", start, [end])
      Console.WriteLine("{1}{0}{2}{0}{3}{0}", Environment.NewLine, br1, br2, str)
      Console.Write("The string 'he' occurs at position(s): ")
      
      count = 0
      at = 0
      While start > - 1 And at > - 1
         count = start - [end] 'Count must be within the substring.
         at = str.LastIndexOf("he", start, count)
         If at > - 1 Then
            Console.Write("{0} ", at)
            start = at - 1
         End If
      End While
      Console.Write("{0}{0}{0}", Environment.NewLine)
   End Sub 'Main 
End Class 'Sample
'
'This example produces the following results:
'All occurrences of 'he' from position 66 to 32.
'0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-
'0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456
'Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.
'
'The string 'he' occurs at position(s): 56 45
'
'

Remarks

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 of this instance and proceeds backward toward the beginning until either value is found or count character positions have been examined. For example, if startIndex is Length - 1, the method searches backward count characters from the last character in the string.

This method performs a word (case-sensitive and culture-sensitive) search using the current culture.

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, 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 method always returns startIndex, which is the character position at which the search begins. In the following example, the LastIndexOf method is used to find the position of a soft hyphen (U+00AD) in the two characters that precede the final "m" of 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".

using System;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      int position = 0;
      string s1 = "ani\u00ADmal";
      string s2 = "animal";
      
      // Find the index of the soft hyphen.
      position = s1.LastIndexOf("m");
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position);
      if (position >= 0)
         Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf("\u00AD", position, position + 1));

      position = s2.LastIndexOf("m");
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position);
      if (position >= 0)   
         Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf("\u00AD", position, position + 1));
      
      // Find the index of the soft hyphen followed by "n".
      position = s1.LastIndexOf("m");
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position);
      if (position >= 0)
         Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf("\u00ADn", position, position + 1));

      position = s2.LastIndexOf("m");
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position);
      if (position >= 0)   
         Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf("\u00ADn", position, position + 1));
      
      // Find the index of the soft hyphen followed by "m".
      position = s1.LastIndexOf("m");
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position);
      if (position >= 0)
         Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf("\u00ADm", position, position + 1));

      position = s2.LastIndexOf("m");
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position);
      if (position >= 0)   
         Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf("\u00ADm", position, position + 1));
   }
}
// The example displays the following output:
//       'm' at position 4
//       4
//       'm' at position 3
//       3
//       'm' at position 4
//       1
//       'm' at position 3
//       1
//       'm' at position 4
//       4
//       'm' at position 3
//       3
Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      Dim position As Integer
      Dim softHyphen As String = ChrW(&h00AD)
      
      Dim s1 As String = "ani" + softHyphen + "mal"
      Dim s2 As String = "animal"
      
      ' Find the index of the soft hyphen.
      position = s1.LastIndexOf("m")
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position)
      If position >= 0 Then
         Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(softHyphen, position, position + 1))
      End If
         
      position = s2.LastIndexOf("m")
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position)
      If position >= 0 Then
         Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(softHyphen, position, position + 1))
      End If
      
      ' Find the index of the soft hyphen followed by "n".
      position = s1.LastIndexOf("m")
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position)
      If position >= 0 Then
         Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(softHyphen + "n", position, position + 1))
      End If
         
      position = s2.LastIndexOf("m")
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position)
      If position >= 0 Then
         Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(softHyphen + "n", position, position + 1))
      End If
      
      ' Find the index of the soft hyphen followed by "m".
      position = s1.LastIndexOf("m")
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position)
      If position >= 0 Then
         Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(softHyphen + "m", position, position + 1))
      End If
      
      position = s2.LastIndexOf("m")
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position)
      If position >= 0 Then
         Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(softHyphen + "m", position, position + 1))
      End If
   End Sub
End Module
' The example displays the following output:
'       'm' at position 4
'       4
'       'm' at position 3
'       3
'       'm' at position 4
'       1
'       'm' at position 3
'       1
'       'm' at position 4
'       4
'       'm' at position 3
'       3

Notes to Callers

As explained in Best Practices for Using Strings, we recommend that you avoid calling string comparison methods that substitute default values and instead call methods that require parameters to be explicitly specified. To perform this operation by using the comparison rules of the current culture, call the LastIndexOf(String, Int32, Int32, StringComparison) method overload with a value of CurrentCulture for its comparisonType parameter.

See Also

LastIndexOf(Char, Int32)

Reports the zero-based index position of the last occurrence of a specified Unicode character within this instance. The search starts at a specified character position and proceeds backward toward the beginning of the string.

public int LastIndexOf (char value, int startIndex);
Parameters
value
Char

The Unicode character to seek.

startIndex
Int32

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

Returns

The zero-based index position of value if that character is found, or -1 if it is not found or if the current instance equals Empty.

Exceptions

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

Examples

The following example finds the index of all occurrences of a character in a string, working from the end of the string to the start of the string.

// Sample for String::LastIndexOf(Char, Int32)
using namespace System;
int main()
{
   String^ br1 = "0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-";
   String^ br2 = "0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456";
   String^ str = "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.";
   int start;
   int at;
   start = str->Length - 1;
   Console::WriteLine( "All occurrences of 't' from position {0} to 0.", start );
   Console::WriteLine( "{0}\n{1}\n{2}\n", br1, br2, str );
   Console::Write( "The letter 't' occurs at position(s): " );
   at = 0;
   while ( (start > -1) && (at > -1) )
   {
      at = str->LastIndexOf( 't', start );
      if ( at > -1 )
      {
         Console::Write( " {0} ", at );
         start = at - 1;
      }
   }
}

/*
This example produces the following results:
All occurrences of 't' from position 66 to 0.
0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-
0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.

The letter 't' occurs at position(s): 64 55 44 41 33 11 7
*/
// Sample for String.LastIndexOf(Char, Int32)
using System;

class Sample {
    public static void Main() {

    string br1 = "0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-";
    string br2 = "0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456";
    string str = "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.";
    int start;
    int at;

    start = str.Length-1;
    Console.WriteLine("All occurrences of 't' from position {0} to 0.", start);
    Console.WriteLine("{1}{0}{2}{0}{3}{0}", Environment.NewLine, br1, br2, str);
    Console.Write("The letter 't' occurs at position(s): ");

    at = 0;
    while((start > -1) && (at > -1))
        {
        at = str.LastIndexOf('t', start);
        if (at > -1) 
            {
            Console.Write("{0} ", at);
            start = at - 1;
            }
        }
    Console.Write("{0}{0}{0}", Environment.NewLine);
    }
}
/*
This example produces the following results:
All occurrences of 't' from position 66 to 0.
0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-
0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.

The letter 't' occurs at position(s): 64 55 44 41 33 11 7
*/
' Sample for String.LastIndexOf(Char, Int32)
Imports System 
 _

Class Sample
   
   Public Shared Sub Main()
      
      Dim br1 As String = "0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-"
      Dim br2 As String = "0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456"
      Dim str As String = "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party."
      Dim start As Integer
      Dim at As Integer
      
      start = str.Length - 1
      Console.WriteLine("All occurrences of 't' from position {0} to 0.", start)
      Console.WriteLine("{1}{0}{2}{0}{3}{0}", Environment.NewLine, br1, br2, str)
      Console.Write("The letter 't' occurs at position(s): ")
      
      at = 0
      While start > - 1 And at > - 1
         at = str.LastIndexOf("t"c, start)
         If at > - 1 Then
            Console.Write("{0} ", at)
            start = at - 1
         End If
      End While
      Console.Write("{0}{0}{0}", Environment.NewLine)
   End Sub 'Main
End Class 'Sample
'
'This example produces the following results:
'All occurrences of 't' from position 66 to 0.
'0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-
'0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456
'Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.
'
'The letter 't' occurs at position(s): 64 55 44 41 33 11 7
'

Remarks

Index numbering starts from zero. That is, the first character in the string is at index zero and the last is at Length - 1.This method begins searching at the startIndex character position of this instance and proceeds backward toward the beginning of the current instance 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 search is case-sensitive.

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.LastIndexOf 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.

See Also

LastIndexOf(String)

Reports the zero-based index position of the last occurrence of a specified string within this instance.

public int LastIndexOf (string value);
Parameters
value
String

The string to seek.

Returns

The zero-based starting index position of value if that string is found, or -1 if it is not. If value is Empty, the return value is the last index position in this instance.

Exceptions

value is null.

Examples

The following example removes opening and closing HTML tags from a string if the tags begin and end the string. If a string ends with a closing bracket character (">"), the example uses the LastIndexOf method to locate the start of the end tag.

using System;

public class Example 
{
   public static void Main() 
   {
      string[] strSource = { "<b>This is bold text</b>", "<H1>This is large Text</H1>",
               "<b><i><font color=green>This has multiple tags</font></i></b>",
               "<b>This has <i>embedded</i> tags.</b>",
               "This line ends with a greater than symbol and should not be modified>" };

      // Strip HTML start and end tags from each string if they are present.
      foreach (string s in strSource)
      {
         Console.WriteLine("Before: " + s);
         string item = s;
         // Use EndsWith to find a tag at the end of the line.
         if (item.Trim().EndsWith(">")) 
         {
            // Locate the opening tag.
            int endTagStartPosition = item.LastIndexOf("</");
            // Remove the identified section, if it is valid.
            if (endTagStartPosition >= 0 )
               item = item.Substring(0, endTagStartPosition);

            // Use StartsWith to find the opening tag.
            if (item.Trim().StartsWith("<"))
            {
               // Locate the end of opening tab.
               int openTagEndPosition = item.IndexOf(">");
               // Remove the identified section, if it is valid.
               if (openTagEndPosition >= 0)
                  item = item.Substring(openTagEndPosition + 1);
            }      
         }
         // Display the trimmed string.
         Console.WriteLine("After: " + item);
         Console.WriteLine();
      }                   
   }
}
// The example displays the following output:
//    Before: <b>This is bold text</b>
//    After: This is bold text
//    
//    Before: <H1>This is large Text</H1>
//    After: This is large Text
//    
//    Before: <b><i><font color=green>This has multiple tags</font></i></b>
//    After: <i><font color=green>This has multiple tags</font></i>
//    
//    Before: <b>This has <i>embedded</i> tags.</b>
//    After: This has <i>embedded</i> tags.
//    
//    Before: This line ends with a greater than symbol and should not be modified>
//    After: This line ends with a greater than symbol and should not be modified>
Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      Dim strSource As String() = { "<b>This is bold text</b>", _
                    "<H1>This is large Text</H1>", _
                    "<b><i><font color=green>This has multiple tags</font></i></b>", _
                    "<b>This has <i>embedded</i> tags.</b>", _
                    "This line ends with a greater than symbol and should not be modified>" }

      ' Strip HTML start and end tags from each string if they are present.
      For Each s As String In strSource
         Console.WriteLine("Before: " + s)
         ' Use EndsWith to find a tag at the end of the line.
         If s.Trim().EndsWith(">") Then 
            ' Locate the opening tag.
            Dim endTagStartPosition As Integer = s.LastIndexOf("</")
            ' Remove the identified section if it is valid.
            If endTagStartPosition >= 0 Then
               s = s.Substring(0, endTagStartPosition)
            End If
            
            ' Use StartsWith to find the opening tag.
            If s.Trim().StartsWith("<") Then
               ' Locate the end of opening tab.
               Dim openTagEndPosition As Integer = s.IndexOf(">")
               ' Remove the identified section if it is valid.
               If openTagEndPosition >= 0 Then
                  s = s.Substring(openTagEndPosition + 1)
               End If   
            End If      
         End If
         ' Display the trimmed string.
         Console.WriteLine("After: " + s)
         Console.WriteLine()
      Next                   
   End Sub
End Module
' The example displays the following output:
'    Before: <b>This is bold text</b>
'    After: This is bold text
'    
'    Before: <H1>This is large Text</H1>
'    After: This is large Text
'    
'    Before: <b><i><font color=green>This has multiple tags</font></i></b>
'    After: <i><font color=green>This has multiple tags</font></i>
'    
'    Before: <b>This has <i>embedded</i> tags.</b>
'    After: This has <i>embedded</i> tags.
'    
'    Before: This line ends with a greater than symbol and should not be modified>
'    After: This line ends with a greater than symbol and should not be modified>

Remarks

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 last character position of this instance and proceeds backward toward the beginning until either value is found or the first character position has been examined.

This method performs a word (case-sensitive and culture-sensitive) search using the current culture.

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, 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) method always returns String.Length – 1, which represents the last index position in the current instance. In the following example, the LastIndexOf(String) method is used to find three substrings (a soft hyphen (U+00AD), a soft hyphen followed by "n", and a soft hyphen followed by "m") in two strings. Only one of the strings contains a soft hyphen. If the example is run on the .NET Framework 4 or later, in each case, because the soft hyphen is an ignorable character, the result is the same as if the soft hyphen had not been included in value. When searching for a soft hyphen only, the method returns 6 and 5. These values correspond to the index of the last character in the two strings.

using System;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      string s1 = "ani\u00ADmal";
      string s2 = "animal";
      
      // Find the index of the last soft hyphen.
      Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf("\u00AD"));
      Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf("\u00AD"));
      
      // Find the index of the last soft hyphen followed by "n".
      Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf("\u00ADn"));
      Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf("\u00ADn"));
      
      // Find the index of the last soft hyphen followed by "m".
      Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf("\u00ADm"));
      Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf("\u00ADm"));
   }
}
// The example displays the following output:
//       6
//       5
//       1
//       1
//       4
//       3
Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      Dim softHyphen As String = ChrW(&h00AD)
      Dim s1 As String = "ani" + softHyphen + "mal"
      Dim s2 As String = "animal"
      
      ' Find the index of the last soft hyphen.
      Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(softHyphen))
      Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(softHyphen))
      
      ' Find the index of the last soft hyphen followed by "n".
      Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(softHyphen + "n"))
      Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(softHyphen + "n"))
      
      ' Find the index of the last soft hyphen followed by "m".
      Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(softHyphen + "m"))
      Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(softHyphen + "m"))
   End Sub
End Module
' The example displays the following output:
'       6
'       5
'       1
'       1
'       4
'       3

Notes to Callers

As explained in Best Practices for Using Strings, we recommend that you avoid calling string comparison methods that substitute default values and instead call methods that require parameters to be explicitly specified. To find the last index of a substring within a string instance by using the comparison rules of the current culture, call the LastIndexOf(String, StringComparison) method overload with a value of CurrentCulture for its comparisonType parameter.

See Also

LastIndexOf(Char)

Reports the zero-based index position of the last occurrence of a specified Unicode character within this instance.

public int LastIndexOf (char value);
Parameters
value
Char

The Unicode character to seek.

Returns

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

Examples

The following example defines an ExtractFilename method that uses the LastIndexOf(Char) method to find the last directory separator character in a string and to extract the string's file name. If the file exists, the method returns the file name without its path.

using System;
using System.IO;

public class TestLastIndexOf
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      string filename;
      
      filename = ExtractFilename(@"C:\temp\");
      Console.WriteLine("{0}", String.IsNullOrEmpty(filename) ? "<none>" : filename);
      
      filename = ExtractFilename(@"C:\temp\delegate.txt"); 
      Console.WriteLine("{0}", String.IsNullOrEmpty(filename) ? "<none>" : filename);

      filename = ExtractFilename("delegate.txt");      
      Console.WriteLine("{0}", String.IsNullOrEmpty(filename) ? "<none>" : filename);
      
      filename = ExtractFilename(@"C:\temp\notafile.txt");
      Console.WriteLine("{0}", String.IsNullOrEmpty(filename) ? "<none>" : filename);
   }

   public static string ExtractFilename(string filepath)
   {
      // If path ends with a "\", it's a path only so return String.Empty.
      if (filepath.Trim().EndsWith(@"\"))
         return String.Empty;
      
      // Determine where last backslash is.
      int position = filepath.LastIndexOf('\\');
      // If there is no backslash, assume that this is a filename.
      if (position == -1)
      {
         // Determine whether file exists in the current directory.
         if (File.Exists(Environment.CurrentDirectory + Path.DirectorySeparatorChar + filepath)) 
            return filepath;
         else
            return String.Empty;
      }
      else
      {
         // Determine whether file exists using filepath.
         if (File.Exists(filepath))
            // Return filename without file path.
            return filepath.Substring(position + 1);
         else
            return String.Empty;
      }
   }
}
Imports System.IO

Public Module Test
   Public Sub Main()
      Dim filename As String 
      
      filename = ExtractFilename("C:\temp\")
      Console.WriteLine("{0}", IIf(String.IsNullOrEmpty(fileName), "<none>", filename))
      
      filename = ExtractFilename("C:\temp\delegate.txt") 
      Console.WriteLine("{0}", IIf(String.IsNullOrEmpty(fileName), "<none>", filename))

      filename = ExtractFilename("delegate.txt")      
      Console.WriteLine("{0}", IIf(String.IsNullOrEmpty(fileName), "<none>", filename))
      
      filename = ExtractFilename("C:\temp\notafile.txt")
      Console.WriteLine("{0}", IIf(String.IsNullOrEmpty(fileName), "<none>", filename))
   End Sub
   
   Public Function ExtractFilename(filepath As String) As String
      ' If path ends with a "\", it's a path only so return String.Empty.
      If filepath.Trim().EndsWith("\") Then Return String.Empty
      
      ' Determine where last backslash is.
      Dim position As Integer = filepath.LastIndexOf("\"c)
      ' If there is no backslash, assume that this is a filename.
      If position = -1 Then
         ' Determine whether file exists in the current directory.
         If File.Exists(Environment.CurrentDirectory + Path.DirectorySeparatorChar + filepath) Then
            Return filepath
         Else
            Return String.Empty
         End If
      Else
         ' Determine whether file exists using filepath.
         If File.Exists(filepath) Then
            ' Return filename without file path.
            Return filepath.Substring(position + 1)
         Else
            Return String.Empty
         End If                     
      End If
   End Function
End Module 
' The example displays the following output:
'        delegate.txt

Remarks

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

This method begins searching at the last character position of this instance and proceeds backward toward the beginning until either value is found or the first character position has been examined. The search is case-sensitive.

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.LastIndexOf 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.

See Also

LastIndexOf(String, Int32)

Reports the zero-based index position of the last occurrence of a specified string within this instance. The search starts at a specified character position and proceeds backward toward the beginning of the string.

public int LastIndexOf (string value, int startIndex);
Parameters
value
String

The string to seek.

startIndex
Int32

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

Returns

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

Exceptions

value is null.

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

-or-

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

Examples

The following example finds the index of all occurrences of a string in target string, working from the end of the target string to the start of the target string.

// Sample for String::LastIndexOf(String, Int32)
using namespace System;
int main()
{
   String^ br1 = "0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-";
   String^ br2 = "0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456";
   String^ str = "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.";
   int start;
   int at;
   start = str->Length - 1;
   Console::WriteLine( "All occurrences of 'he' from position {0} to 0.", start );
   Console::WriteLine( "{0}\n{1}\n{2}\n", br1, br2, str );
   Console::Write( "The string 'he' occurs at position(s): " );
   at = 0;
   while ( (start > -1) && (at > -1) )
   {
      at = str->LastIndexOf( "he", start );
      if ( at > -1 )
      {
         Console::Write( " {0} ", at );
         start = at - 1;
      }
   }

   Console::WriteLine();
}

/*
This example produces the following results:
All occurrences of 'he' from position 66 to 0.
0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-
0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.

The string 'he' occurs at position(s):  56  45  8
*/
// Sample for String.LastIndexOf(String, Int32)
using System;

class Sample {
    public static void Main() {

    string br1 = "0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-";
    string br2 = "0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456";
    string str = "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.";
    int start;
    int at;

    start = str.Length-1;
    Console.WriteLine("All occurrences of 'he' from position {0} to 0.", start);
    Console.WriteLine("{1}{0}{2}{0}{3}{0}", Environment.NewLine, br1, br2, str);
    Console.Write("The string 'he' occurs at position(s): ");

    at = 0;
    while((start > -1) && (at > -1))
        {
        at = str.LastIndexOf("he", start);
        if (at > -1) 
            {
            Console.Write("{0} ", at);
            start = at - 1;
            }
        }
    Console.Write("{0}{0}{0}", Environment.NewLine);
    }
}
/*
This example produces the following results:
All occurrences of 'he' from position 66 to 0.
0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-
0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.

The string 'he' occurs at position(s): 56 45 8


*/
' Sample for String.LastIndexOf(String, Int32)
Imports System
 _

Class Sample
   
   Public Shared Sub Main()
      
      Dim br1 As String = "0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-"
      Dim br2 As String = "0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456"
      Dim str As String = "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party."
      Dim start As Integer
      Dim at As Integer

      '#3
      start = str.Length - 1
      Console.WriteLine("All occurrences of 'he' from position {0} to 0.", start)
      Console.WriteLine("{1}{0}{2}{0}{3}{0}", Environment.NewLine, br1, br2, str)
      Console.Write("The string 'he' occurs at position(s): ")
      
      at = 0
      While start > - 1 And at > - 1
         at = str.LastIndexOf("he", start)
         If at > - 1 Then
            Console.Write("{0} ", at)
            start = at - 1
         End If
      End While
      Console.Write("{0}{0}{0}", Environment.NewLine)
   End Sub 'Main 
End Class 'Sample
'
'This example produces the following results:
'All occurrences of 'he' from position 66 to 0.
'0----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+-
'0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456
'Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.
'
'The string 'he' occurs at position(s): 56 45 8
'
'

Remarks

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 of this instance and proceeds backward toward the beginning 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.

This method performs a word (case-sensitive and culture-sensitive) search using the current culture.

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, 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) method always returns startIndex, which is the character position at which the search begins. In the following example, the LastIndexOf(String, Int32) method is used to find a substring that includes a soft hyphen (U+00AD) and that precedes or includes the final "m" in a string. If the example is run on the .NET Framework 4 or later, because the soft hyphen in the search string is ignored, calling the method to find a substring that consists of the soft hyphen and "m" returns the position of the "m" in the string, whereas calling it to find a substring that consists of the soft hyphen and "n" returns the position of the "n". When the search string contains only the soft hyphen, the method returns the index of the "m", which represents the value of startIndex.

using System;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      int position = 0;
      string s1 = "ani\u00ADmal";
      string s2 = "animal";
      
      // Find the index of the soft hyphen.
      position = s1.LastIndexOf("m");
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position);
      if (position >= 0)
         Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf("\u00AD", position));

      position = s2.LastIndexOf("m");
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position);
      if (position >= 0)   
         Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf("\u00AD", position));
      
      // Find the index of the soft hyphen followed by "n".
      position = s1.LastIndexOf("m");
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position);
      if (position >= 0)
         Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf("\u00ADn", position));

      position = s2.LastIndexOf("m");
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position);
      if (position >= 0)   
         Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf("\u00ADn", position));
      
      // Find the index of the soft hyphen followed by "m".
      position = s1.LastIndexOf("m");
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position);
      if (position >= 0)
         Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf("\u00ADm", position));

      position = s2.LastIndexOf("m");
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position);
      if (position >= 0)   
         Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf("\u00ADm", position));
   }
}
// The example displays the following output:
//       'm' at position 4
//       4
//       'm' at position 3
//       3
//       'm' at position 4
//       1
//       'm' at position 3
//       1
//       'm' at position 4
//       4
//       'm' at position 3
//       3
Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      Dim position As Integer
      Dim softHyphen As String = ChrW(&h00AD)
      Dim s1 As String = "ani" + softHyphen + "mal"
      Dim s2 As String = "animal"
      
      ' Find the index of the soft hyphen.
      position = s1.LastIndexOf("m")
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position)
      If position >= 0 Then
         Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(softHyphen, position))
      End If
         
      position = s2.LastIndexOf("m")
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position)
      If position >= 0 Then
         Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(softHyphen, position))
      End If
      
      ' Find the index of the soft hyphen followed by "n".
      position = s1.LastIndexOf("m")
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position)
      If position >= 0 Then
         Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(softHyphen + "n", position))
      End If
         
      position = s2.LastIndexOf("m")
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position)
      If position >= 0 Then
         Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(softHyphen + "n", position))
      End If
      
      ' Find the index of the soft hyphen followed by "m".
      position = s1.LastIndexOf("m")
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position)
      If position >= 0 Then
         Console.WriteLine(s1.LastIndexOf(softHyphen + "m", position))
      End If
      
      position = s2.LastIndexOf("m")
      Console.WriteLine("'m' at position {0}", position)
      If position >= 0 Then
         Console.WriteLine(s2.LastIndexOf(softHyphen + "m", position))
      End If
   End Sub
End Module
' The example displays the following output:
'       'm' at position 4
'       4
'       'm' at position 3
'       3
'       'm' at position 4
'       1
'       'm' at position 3
'       1
'       'm' at position 4
'       4
'       'm' at position 3
'       3

Notes to Callers

As explained in Best Practices for Using Strings, we recommend that you avoid calling string comparison methods that substitute default values and instead call methods that require parameters to be explicitly specified. To find the index of a substring that precedes a particular character position by using the comparison rules of the current culture, call the LastIndexOf(String, Int32, StringComparison) method overload with a value of CurrentCulture for its comparisonType parameter.

See Also

Applies to