Randomly rearrange a string in .NET C#

Say you’d like to randomly rearrange the contents of a string, i.e. put the constituent characters into new, random positions. The following method can help you with that using a combination of LINQ and Random:

private static string RearrangeString(string startingPoint)
{
	Random num = new Random();
	string rand = new string(startingPoint.
		OrderBy(s => (num.Next(2) % 2) == 0).ToArray());
	return rand;
}

Let’s test it with my name:

string myName = "Andras Nemes";
string myNewName = RearrangeString(myName);

So my new name can be something like “drsNeeAna ms” or “AdaNmesnrs e” or even “ArsNmenda es”, I haven’t decided yet.

Filip Ekberg drew my attention to the following alternative solution:

string rand = new string(startingPoint.OrderBy(x => Guid.NewGuid()).ToArray());

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About Andras Nemes
I'm a .NET/Java developer living and working in Stockholm, Sweden.

2 Responses to Randomly rearrange a string in .NET C#

  1. Lucl says:

    Hi Andras, interesting stuff here.
    I have a question: why string.ToCharArray(), because a string is already an array of chars

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