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Enumerable.Count<TSource> Method (IEnumerable<TSource>)

Returns the number of elements in a sequence.

Namespace:  System.Linq
Assembly:  System.Core (in System.Core.dll)
public static int Count<TSource>(
	this IEnumerable<TSource> source
)

Type Parameters

TSource

The type of the elements of source.

Parameters

source
Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource>

A sequence that contains elements to be counted.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The number of elements in the input sequence.

Usage Note

In Visual Basic and C#, you can call this method as an instance method on any object of type IEnumerable<TSource>. When you use instance method syntax to call this method, omit the first parameter. For more information, see Extension Methods (Visual Basic) or Extension Methods (C# Programming Guide).
ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

source is null.

OverflowException

The number of elements in source is larger than MaxValue.

If the type of source implements ICollection<T>, that implementation is used to obtain the count of elements. Otherwise, this method determines the count.

Use the LongCount method when you expect and want to allow the result to be greater than MaxValue.

In Visual Basic query expression syntax, an Aggregate Into Count() clause translates to an invocation of Count.

The following code example demonstrates how to use Count<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>) to count the elements in an array.

string[] fruits = { "apple", "banana", "mango", "orange", "passionfruit", "grape" };

try
{
    int numberOfFruits = fruits.Count();
    Console.WriteLine(
        "There are {0} fruits in the collection.",
        numberOfFruits);

}
catch (OverflowException)
{
    Console.WriteLine("The count is too large to store as an Int32.");
    Console.WriteLine("Try using the LongCount() method instead.");
}

// This code produces the following output: 
// 
// There are 6 fruits in the collection. 

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0
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