DateTimeFormatInfo.GetFormat Method

Returns an object of the specified type that provides a DateTime formatting service.

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


Public Function GetFormat ( _
    formatType As Type _
) As Object
public Object GetFormat(
    Type formatType


  • formatType
    Type: System.Type
    The Type of the required formatting service.

Return Value

Type: System.Object
The current DateTimeFormatInfo object, if the type of formatType is DateTimeFormatInfo; otherwise, nulla null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).




The formatting and parsing methods of the base data types that include an IFormatProvider parameter invoke this method when the current DateTimeFormatInfo object is passed as the IFormatProvider parameter.

This method implements IFormatProvider.GetFormat.

Version Information


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0


For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.