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DependencyObject.GetValue method

Applies to Windows and Windows Phone

Returns the current effective value of a dependency property from a DependencyObject.


public object GetValue(
  DependencyProperty dp



Type: DependencyProperty

The DependencyProperty identifier of the property for which to retrieve the value.

Return value

Type: System.Object [.NET] | Platform::Object [C++]

Returns the current effective value.


GetValue obtains the current effective value of a dependency property. The current effective value is determined by using rules of dependency property precedence.

GetValue is the API you want in most cases if you are using the property system APIs for obtaining property values. But sometimes you might want to examine other values to see how the dependency property precedence is acting for a given property. If so, you can use one of these APIs:

  • GetAnimationBaseValue to get values that might currently be animated but you want to know the value before the animation ran. Note that animations with HoldEnd behavior might not have this same value. For more info on the HoldEnd concept, see Storyboarded animations.
  • ReadLocalValue to get the local value, which does not have styles or templates or animations applied. Bindings do count as local values, but depending on when you call ReadLocalValue, the acting binding context might not be available yet, so you won't get the same value as would be applied at run time.

For more info on dependency property precedence and other property system utility API, see Dependency properties overview.


This example shows a simple dependency property declaration. A call to GetValue constitutes the entirety of the get accessor implementation for the property wrapper of the new dependency property. For more examples, see Custom dependency properties.

public class Fish : Control
    public static readonly DependencyProperty SpeciesProperty =
    typeof(Fish), null
    public string Species
        get { return (string)GetValue(SpeciesProperty); }
        set { SetValue(SpeciesProperty, (string)value); }


Minimum supported client

Windows 8

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2012

Minimum supported phone

Windows Phone 8.1 [Windows Runtime apps only]


Windows::UI::Xaml [C++]



See also

Custom dependency properties
Dependency properties overview



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