How to: Parse an Enumeration

 

You can simply use the Enum.Parse() function as shown below:

using System;

[Flags] enum Colors { None=0, Red = 1, Green = 2, Blue = 4 };

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      string[] colorStrings = { "0", "2", "8", "blue", "Blue", "Yellow", "Red, Green" };
      foreach (string colorString in colorStrings)
      {
         try {
            Colors colorValue = (Colors) Enum.Parse(typeof(Colors), colorString);
            if (Enum.IsDefined(typeof(Colors), colorValue) | colorValue.ToString().Contains(","))
               Console.WriteLine("Converted '{0}' to {1}.", colorString, colorValue.ToString());
            else
               Console.WriteLine("{0} is not an underlying value of the Colors enumeration.", colorString);
         }
         catch (ArgumentException) {
            Console.WriteLine("'{0}' is not a member of the Colors enumeration.", colorString);
         }
      }
   }
}
// The example displays the following output:
//       Converted '0' to None.
//       Converted '2' to Green.
//       8 is not an underlying value of the Colors enumeration.
//       'blue' is not a member of the Colors enumeration.
//       Converted 'Blue' to Blue.
//       'Yellow' is not a member of the Colors enumeration.
//       Converted 'Red, Green' to Red, Green.

More details can be found at: MSDN: Enum.Parse Method

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