Returns a Boolean value that indicates whether a given string was found in a given source string.


Boolean CFStringFindWithOptionsAndLocale(CFStringRef theString, CFStringRef stringToFind, CFRange rangeToSearch, CFStringCompareFlags searchOptions, CFLocaleRef locale, CFRange *result);



The string in which to to search for stringToFind.


The substring to search for in theString.


A range of the characters to search in theString. The specified range must not exceed the length of the string.


The option flags to control the search behavior. See String Comparison Flags for possible values. The flags kCFCompareNumerically and kCFCompareForcedOrdering are ignored.


The locale to use for the search comparison. NULL specifies the canonical locale (the return value from CFLocaleGetSystem).

The locale argument affects the equality checking algorithm. For example, for the Turkish locale, case-insensitive compare matches “I” to “ı” (Unicode code point U+0131, Latin Small Dotless I), not the normal “i” character.


On return, if the function result is true contains the starting location and length of the found substring. You may pass NULL if you only want to know if the theString contains stringToFind.

Return Value

true if the substring was found, false otherwise.


If stringToFind is the empty string (zero length), nothing is found.

See Also

Searching Strings


Searches a string for multiple occurrences of a substring and creates an array of ranges identifying the locations of these substrings within the target string.


Searches for a substring within a string and, if it is found, yields the range of the substring within the object's characters.


Query the range of the first character contained in the specified character set.


Searches for a substring within a range of the characters represented by a string and, if the substring is found, returns its range within the object's characters.


Given a range of characters in a string, obtains the line bounds—that is, the indexes of the first character and the final characters of the lines containing the range.