C# Parsing string representation of an enum field

Many time we need to parse enum fields string values to type. For this I have written one generic utility method which will do this safely.

Utility method to parse enum string

public static T ParseEnum<T>(string value, T defaultValue) where T : struct, IConvertible
if (!typeof(T).IsEnum)
throw new ArgumentException("T must be an enumerated type");
if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(value))
return defaultValue;
foreach (T item in Enum.GetValues(typeof(T)))
if (item.ToString().Equals(value, StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase))
return item;
return defaultValue;

Example to using this method for Rights enum.

Rights right = Utils.ParseEnum<Rights>(r.Trim(), Rights.None);

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