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Cesar Aguirre
Cesar Aguirre

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How to convert 2-digit year to 4-digit year in C#

Today I was working with credit cards and I needed to convert a 2-digit year to a 4-digit one in C#. The first thing that came to my mind was adding 2000 to it. But it didn't feel right. It wouldn't be a problem in hundreds of years.

To convert 2-digit year into a 4-digit year, you can use the ToFourDigitYear method inside the Calendar class of your current culture.

// 2021
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But, if you're working with a string containing a date, you can create a custom CultureInfo instance and set the maximum year to 2099. After that, you can parse the string holding the date with the custom culture. Et voilà!

CultureInfo culture = new CultureInfo("en-US");
culture.Calendar.TwoDigitYearMax = 2099;

string dateString = "1 Jan 21";
DateTime.TryParse(dateString, culture, DateTimeStyles.None, out var result);
// true, 1/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
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Sources: Convert a two digit year, Parse string dates with two digit year

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