# Sorting a list with multiple numbers

• ### Question

• Hi i need a list that can sort itself numerically and with multiple numbers.

At the moment my code sorts the list alphabetically as following: 1,10,2,3... How can i change it so it sorts: 1,2,3,10?

My code at the moment is:

private void Sortera()
{
string[] Lista = new string[lbxTopp.Items.Count];
for (int i = 0; i < lbxTopp.Items.Count; i++)
{
Lista[i] = lbxTopp.Items[i].ToString();
}

Array.Sort(Lista);
Array.Reverse(Lista);
lbxTopp.Items.Clear();
for (int i = 0; i < Lista.Length; i++)

{
}

}

Friday, March 9, 2018 4:33 PM

• You could do something like the following.

```var stringValues = new[] {"23","1","100","45","101", "5"};
var myInts = Array.ConvertAll(stringValues, s => int.Parse(s));
Array.Sort(myInts);
Console.WriteLine(string.Join(Environment.NewLine,myInts));```

Results

```1
5
23
45
100
101```

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Friday, March 9, 2018 4:44 PM
• Hi BaGGelitO,

Continuing from Karen's answer, Your list box item got sorted in alphabetical order because item in ListBox are "String Format" you need to convert them into "Integer" then sort them in ascending order. Please look into below code it is also an another to achieve you goal, specially the Bold line. Hope this helps you.

```        private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
ArrayList q = new ArrayList();
foreach (object o in listBox1.Items)
{
}
q.Sort();
listBox1.Items.Clear();
foreach(object o in q)
{
}

}```

Thanks,
Sabah Shariq

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Monday, March 12, 2018 10:16 AM

### All replies

• You could do something like the following.

```var stringValues = new[] {"23","1","100","45","101", "5"};
var myInts = Array.ConvertAll(stringValues, s => int.Parse(s));
Array.Sort(myInts);
Console.WriteLine(string.Join(Environment.NewLine,myInts));```

Results

```1
5
23
45
100
101```

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VB Forums - moderator

Friday, March 9, 2018 4:44 PM
• You can use OrderBy  using Linq for this:

`var sortedLista =  Lista.OrderBy(x=> Convert.ToInt32(x)); `

and now print them to see :

```foreach(var item in sortedLista)
Console.WriteLine(item);```

You would need to include a using for this:

`using System.Linq;`

Hope it helps!

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Friday, March 9, 2018 5:04 PM
• So you are getting your list of ints based on user input. You need to change your code a bit here.

private void Sortera()
{
string[] Lista = new string[lbxTopp.Items.Count];
for (int i = 0; i < lbxTopp.Items.Count; i++)
{
Lista[i] = lbxTopp.Items[i].ToString();
}
// you could either convert the string array to an int array with a foreach //statement or like Karen Payne suggested.

int[] int_values = Array.ConvertAll(Lista, s => int32.Parse(s));

Array.Sort(int_values, Lista); //Sort the int_values and Lista based on the //int_values. Lista will be ordered as a parallel array.

//Array.Sort(Lista);
//Array.Reverse(Lista);
lbxTopp.Items.Clear();
for (int i = 0; i < Lista.Length; i++)

{

//You could also only order the int_values array and just have //lbxTopp.Items.Add(int_values[i].ToString()); instead

}

}

Friday, March 9, 2018 5:06 PM
• Hello BaGGelitO,

Try the bubble sort algorithm.

```        private void BubbleSort(string[] arr)
{

for (int write = 0; write < arr.Length; write++)
{
for (int sort = 0; sort < arr.Length - 1; sort++)
{
int front = int.Parse(arr[sort]);
int behind = int.Parse(arr[sort + 1]);
if (front > behind)
{
arr[sort + 1] = front.ToString();
arr[sort] = behind.ToString();
}
}
}
}```

Test code

``` Random random = new Random();
string[] Lista = new string[15];
for (int i = 0; i < 15; i++)
{

int re = random.Next(15);
Lista[i] = re.ToString();
}

BubbleSort(Lista);```

Best regards,

Neil Hu

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Monday, March 12, 2018 8:00 AM
• Hi BaGGelitO,

Continuing from Karen's answer, Your list box item got sorted in alphabetical order because item in ListBox are "String Format" you need to convert them into "Integer" then sort them in ascending order. Please look into below code it is also an another to achieve you goal, specially the Bold line. Hope this helps you.

```        private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
ArrayList q = new ArrayList();
foreach (object o in listBox1.Items)
{
}
q.Sort();
listBox1.Items.Clear();
foreach(object o in q)
{