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Type.BaseType Property

Gets the type from which the current Type directly inherits.

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

public abstract Type BaseType { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Type
The Type from which the current Type directly inherits, or null if the current Type represents the Object class or an interface.

Implements

_Type.BaseType

The base type is the type from which the current type directly inherits. Object is the only type that does not have a base type, therefore null is returned as the base type of Object.

Interfaces inherit from zero or more base interfaces; therefore, this property returns null if the Type object represents an interface. The base interfaces can be determined with GetInterfaces or FindInterfaces.

If the current Type represents a constructed generic type, the base type reflects the generic arguments. For example, consider the following declarations:


class B<U> { }
class C<T> : B<T> { }


For the constructed type C<int> (C(Of Integer) in Visual Basic), the BaseType property returns B<int>.

If the current Type represents a type parameter of a generic type definition, BaseType returns the class constraint, that is, the class the type parameter must inherit. If there is no class constraint, BaseType returns System.Object.

This property is read-only.

The following example demonstrates using the BaseType property.


using System;
class TestType 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
        Type t = typeof(int);
        Console.WriteLine("{0} inherits from {1}.", t,t.BaseType);
    }
}


.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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