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Enum.GetNames Method

Retrieves an array of the names of the constants in a specified enumeration.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static string[] GetNames(
	Type enumType


Type: System.Type

An enumeration type.

Return Value

Type: System.String[]
A string array of the names of the constants in enumType.


enumType is null.


enumType parameter is not an Enum.

The elements of the return value array are sorted by the binary values of the enumerated constants (that is, by their unsigned magnitude). The following example provides displays information about the array returned by the GetNames method for an enumeration that includes a negative, zero, and positive value.

using System;

enum SignMagnitude { Negative = -1, Zero = 0, Positive = 1 };

public class Example
   public static void Main()
      foreach (var name in Enum.GetNames(typeof(SignMagnitude))) {
         Console.WriteLine("{0,3:D}     0x{0:X}     {1}",
                           Enum.Parse(typeof(SignMagnitude), name),
}   }
// The example displays the following output: 
//         0     0x00000000     Zero 
//         1     0x00000001     Positive 
//        -1     0xFFFFFFFF     Negative

If there are enumerated constants with same value, the order of their corresponding names is unspecified.

The following example illustrates the use of the GetNames method.

using System;

public class GetNamesTest {
    enum Colors { Red, Green, Blue, Yellow };
    enum Styles { Plaid, Striped, Tartan, Corduroy };

    public static void Main() {

        Console.WriteLine("The members of the Colors enum are:");
        foreach(string s in Enum.GetNames(typeof(Colors)))


        Console.WriteLine("The members of the Styles enum are:");
        foreach(string s in Enum.GetNames(typeof(Styles)))
// The example displays the following output: 
//       The members of the Colors enum are: 
//       Red 
//       Green 
//       Blue 
//       Yellow 
//       The members of the Styles enum are: 
//       Plaid 
//       Striped 
//       Tartan 
//       Corduroy

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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

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