Best way to reverse a string


I've just had to write a string reverse function in C# 2.0 (i.e. LINQ not available) and came up with this:

public string Reverse(string text)
    char[] cArray = text.ToCharArray();
    string reverse = String.Empty;
    for (int i = cArray.Length - 1; i > -1; i--)
        reverse += cArray[i];
    return reverse;

Personally I'm not crazy about the function and am convinced that there's a better way to do it. Is there?

3/3/2013 10:18:10 PM

Accepted Answer

public static string Reverse( string s )
    char[] charArray = s.ToCharArray();
    Array.Reverse( charArray );
    return new string( charArray );
11/4/2017 7:32:19 PM

Here a solution that properly reverses the string "Les Mise\u0301rables" as "selbare\u0301siM seL". This should render just like selbarésiM seL, not selbaŕesiM seL (note the position of the accent), as would the result of most implementations based on code units (Array.Reverse, etc) or even code points (reversing with special care for surrogate pairs).

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Globalization;
using System.Linq;

public static class Test
    private static IEnumerable<string> GraphemeClusters(this string s) {
        var enumerator = StringInfo.GetTextElementEnumerator(s);
        while(enumerator.MoveNext()) {
            yield return (string)enumerator.Current;
    private static string ReverseGraphemeClusters(this string s) {
        return string.Join("", s.GraphemeClusters().Reverse().ToArray());

    public static void Main()
        var s = "Les Mise\u0301rables";
        var r = s.ReverseGraphemeClusters();

(And live running example here:

It simply uses the .NET API for grapheme cluster iteration, which has been there since ever, but a bit "hidden" from view, it seems.

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