Get value of enumeration as string

Posted on 2008-10-14
Last Modified: 2012-08-13

i have enumeration as:

     public enum myenum
            Type = SqlDbType.NVarChar

and in any other method i need when calling this enum get the string as : SqlDbType.NVarChar
 string ss = myenum.Type.tostring();

this should result : SqlDbType.NVarChar

but i am getting the result as "Type"

any ideas??


Question by:Abu Hamdan
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Expert Comment

ID: 22710161
You can do what you want in that simple way. To create an enum and return a string value, you can do something like this
// Create a class to read the attribut that you set on Enum options.

public class StringValueAttribute : System.Attribute


        private string _value;

        public StringValueAttribute(string value)


            _value = value;


        public string Value


            get { return _value; }



And on your Enum you can have this:

public enum myenum



            Type = SqlDbType.NVarChar


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Accepted Solution

tiagosalgado earned 250 total points
ID: 22710176
Sorry, don't know why not my all code pasted. After the enum add this too.

private static Hashtable _stringValues = new Hashtable();

        public static string GetStringValue(Enum value)


            string output = null;

            Type type = value.GetType();

            //Check first in our cached results...

            if (_stringValues.ContainsKey(value))

                output = (_stringValues[value] as StringValueAttribute).Value;



                //Look for our 'StringValueAttribute' 

                //in the field's custom attributes

                FieldInfo fi = type.GetField(value.ToString());

                StringValueAttribute[] attrs =


                                           false) as StringValueAttribute[];

                if (attrs.Length > 0)


                    _stringValues.Add(value, attrs[0]);

                    output = attrs[0].Value;



            return output;


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by:Abu Hamdan
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