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RuntimeTypeHandle Structure

Represents a type using an internal metadata token.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
[SerializableAttribute]
[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
public struct RuntimeTypeHandle : ISerializable

The following example demonstrates how to obtain a RuntimeTypeHandle from a type or from an object, and how to turn the handle back into a type.

using System;
using System.Reflection;

public class MyClass1
{
    private int x=0;
    public int MyMethod()
    {
        return x;
    }
}

public class MyClass2
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        MyClass1 myClass1 = new MyClass1();

        // Get the RuntimeTypeHandle from an object.
        RuntimeTypeHandle myRTHFromObject = Type.GetTypeHandle(myClass1);
        // Get the RuntimeTypeHandle from a type.
        RuntimeTypeHandle myRTHFromType = typeof(MyClass1).TypeHandle;

        Console.WriteLine("\nmyRTHFromObject.Value:  {0}", myRTHFromObject.Value);
        Console.WriteLine("myRTHFromObject.GetType():  {0}", myRTHFromObject.GetType());
        Console.WriteLine("Get the type back from the handle...");
        Console.WriteLine("Type.GetTypeFromHandle(myRTHFromObject):  {0}", 
            Type.GetTypeFromHandle(myRTHFromObject));

        Console.WriteLine("\nmyRTHFromObject.Equals(myRTHFromType):  {0}", 
            myRTHFromObject.Equals(myRTHFromType));

        Console.WriteLine("\nmyRTHFromType.Value:  {0}", myRTHFromType.Value);
        Console.WriteLine("myRTHFromType.GetType():  {0}", myRTHFromType.GetType());
        Console.WriteLine("Get the type back from the handle...");
        Console.WriteLine("Type.GetTypeFromHandle(myRTHFromType):  {0}", 
            Type.GetTypeFromHandle(myRTHFromType));
    }
}

/* This code example produces output similar to the following:

myRTHFromObject.Value:  799464
myRTHFromObject.GetType():  System.RuntimeTypeHandle
Get the type back from the handle...
Type.GetTypeFromHandle(myRTHFromObject):  MyClass1

myRTHFromObject.Equals(myRTHFromType):  True

myRTHFromType.Value:  799464
myRTHFromType.GetType():  System.RuntimeTypeHandle
Get the type back from the handle...
Type.GetTypeFromHandle(myRTHFromType):  MyClass1
 */
Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0
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