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Marshal.QueryInterface Method

Requests a pointer to a specified interface from a COM object.

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

public static int QueryInterface(
	IntPtr pUnk,
	ref Guid iid,
	out IntPtr ppv


Type: System.IntPtr
The interface to be queried.
Type: System.Guid%
The interface identifier (IID) of the requested interface.
Type: System.IntPtr%
When this method returns, contains a reference to the returned interface.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
An HRESULT that indicates the success or failure of the call.

The QueryInterface method exposes the IUnknown::QueryInterface method of a COM object, which attempts to obtain a specific interface pointer. Using QueryInterface on a COM object is the same as performing a cast operation in managed code. 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. To obtain an IntPtr value that represents a IUnknown interface pointer, you can call Marshal.GetComInterfaceForObject, Marshal.GetIUnknownForObject, or Marshal.GetIDispatchForObject.

.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

  • SecurityCriticalAttribute 

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

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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