From Xojo Documentation

Data Type

A null-terminated, C-style String for use when working with OS APIs.


A CString is a low-level C-style string for use with Declares and MemoryBlocks. CStrings created from Text or Xojo.Core.MemoryBlock and CStrings stored in Autos are reference-counted and safe to keep around. Otherwise, if the string/object that the CString originates from is tied to the lifetime of that string/object.


You can assign a String variable to a CString and it will be terminated with a null automatically. This only converts the String up to the first Null (0) byte value. CString implicitly converts to String when assigned to String variables.


To convert a Text value to a CString, call Text.ToCString. This will only convert the Text up to the first Null (0) byte value. To convert a CString to a Text value, call Text.FromCString.

Sample Code

Declare a CString variable:

Dim s As String = "Hello!"
Dim cs As CString = s

See Also

String data type