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MatchCollection.Count Property

Gets the number of matches.

Namespace:  System.Text.RegularExpressions
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

public int Count { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Int32
The number of matches.

Implements

ICollection.Count

ExceptionCondition
RegexMatchTimeoutException

A time-out occurred.

Accessing individual members of the MatchCollection object by retrieving the value of the collection's Count property causes the regular expression engine to populate the collection using direct evaluation. ln contrast, calling the GetEnumerator method (or using the foreach statement in C# and the For Each...Next statement in Visual Basic) causes the regular expression engine to populate the collection on an as needed basis using lazy evaluation. Direct evaluation can be a much more expensive method of building the collection than lazy evaluation.

Because the MatchCollection object is generally populated by using lazy evaluation, trying to determine the number of elements in the collection before it has been fully populated may throw a RegexMatchTimeoutException exception. This exception can be thrown if a time-out value for matching operations is in effect, and the attempt to find a single match exceeds that time-out interval.

The following example illustrates the use of this property.

// Report the number of matches found.
Console.WriteLine("{0} matches found in:\n   {1}", 
                  matches.Count, 
                  text);

.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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