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Guid.Empty Field

Updated: August 2011

A read-only instance of the Guid structure whose value is all zeros.

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

public static readonly Guid Empty

You can compare a GUID with the value of the Guid.Empty field to determine whether a GUID is non-zero. The following example uses the Equality operator to compare two GUID values with Guid.Empty to determine whether they consist exclusively of zeros.


using System;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      // Create a GUID and determine whether it consists of all zeros.
      Guid guid1 = Guid.NewGuid();
      Console.WriteLine(guid1);
      Console.WriteLine("Empty: {0}\n", guid1 == Guid.Empty);

      // Create a GUID with all zeros and compare it to Empty.
      Byte[] bytes = new Byte[16];
      Guid guid2 = new Guid(bytes);
      Console.WriteLine(guid2);
      Console.WriteLine("Empty: {0}", guid2 == Guid.Empty);
   }
}
// The example displays output like the following:
//       11c43ee8-b9d3-4e51-b73f-bd9dda66e29c
//       Empty: False
//       
//       00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000
//       Empty: True


.NET Framework

Supported in: 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

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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August 2011

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