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Get String In Between Two Others with C#

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This useful code snippet will parse a string and return the contents between two tokens. This was originally used as a quick and dirty way to get the contents of an XML string, however it has found many other uses since.

public static string GetStringInBetween(string strBegin, string strEnd, string strSource, bool includeBegin, bool includeEnd)
    string[] result = {string.Empty, string.Empty};
    int iIndexOfBegin = strSource.IndexOf(strBegin);
    if (iIndexOfBegin != -1)
        // include the Begin string if desired 
        if (includeBegin)
            iIndexOfBegin -= strBegin.Length;
        strSource = strSource.Substring(iIndexOfBegin + strBegin.Length);
        int iEnd = strSource.IndexOf(strEnd);
        if (iEnd != -1)
            // include the End string if desired 
            if (includeEnd)
                iEnd += strEnd.Length;
            result[0] = strSource.Substring(0, iEnd);
            // advance beyond this segment 
            if (iEnd + strEnd.Length < strSource.Length)
                result[1] = strSource.Substring(iEnd + strEnd.Length);
        // stay where we are 
        result[1] = strSource;
    return result[0];

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Example Usage

string Example = "<startTag>Demo Text</startTag>";
string InBetween = GetStringInBetween("<startTag>", "</startTag>", Example, false, false)
Console.WriteLine(InBetween); // Outputs Demo Text

You can optionally include the start and end tags with the last two parameters.

Last updated on: Wednesday 21st June 2017



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it cannot handle multiple text with the same tags, i made a program in python which is much easier, but struggling to translate to c#(im a c# newbie), please make it complete.. forsake

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Claudiu Harn

Claudiu Harn

IT WORKED!!! Thanks a lot!

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