Ali Ali - 4 months ago 21
C# Question

What is "string[] args" in Main class for?

In C# the Main class has string[] args parameter.

What is that for and where does it get used?


From the C# programming guide on MSDN:

The parameter of the Main method is a String array that represents the command-line arguments

So, if I had a program (MyApp.exe) like this:

class Program
  static void Main(string[] args)
    foreach (var arg in args)

That I started at the command line like this:

MyApp.exe Arg1 Arg2 Arg3

The Main method would be passed an array that contained three strings: "Arg1", "Arg2", "Arg3".

If you need to pass an argument that contains a space then wrap it in quotes. For example:

MyApp.exe "Arg 1" "Arg 2" "Arg 3"

Command line arguments commonly get used when you need to pass information to your application at runtime. For example if you were writing a program that copies a file from one location to another you would probably pass the two locations as command line arguments. For example:

Copy.exe C:\file1.txt C:\file2.txt