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Marshal.GetIUnknownForObject Method

Returns an IUnknown interface from a managed object.

Namespace:  System.Runtime.InteropServices
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
public static IntPtr GetIUnknownForObject(
	Object o
)

Parameters

o
Type: System.Object

The object whose IUnknown interface is requested.

Return Value

Type: System.IntPtr
The IUnknown pointer for the o parameter.

In managed code, you seldom work directly with the IUnknown interface. However, GetIUnknownForObject is useful when calling a method that exposes a COM object parameter as an IntPtr type, or with custom marshaling. Calling an object with this method causes the reference count to increment on the interface pointer before the pointer is returned. Always use Marshal.Release to decrement the reference count once you have finished with the pointer. This method provides the opposite functionality of the Marshal.GetObjectForIUnknown method.

You can also use this method on a managed object to obtain an interface pointer to the COM Callable Wrapper for the object.

The following example demonstrates how to retrieve an IUnknown interface for a managed object using the GetIUnknownForObject method.

using System;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

class Program
{

    static void Run()
    {

        // Create an int object 
        int obj = 1;

        Console.WriteLine("Calling Marshal.GetIUnknownForObject...");

        // Get the IUnKnown pointer for the Integer object
        IntPtr pointer = Marshal.GetIUnknownForObject(obj);

        Console.WriteLine("Calling Marshal.Release...");

        // Always call Marshal.Release to decrement the reference count.
        Marshal.Release(pointer);
    }

    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        Run();
    }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 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
  • SecurityCriticalAttribute 

    requires full trust for the immediate caller. This member cannot be used by partially trusted or transparent code.

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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