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Type.IsEnum Property

Gets a value indicating whether the current Type represents an enumeration.

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

public bool IsEnum { get; }
/** @property */
public final boolean get_IsEnum ()

public final function get IsEnum () : boolean

Property Value

true if the current Type represents an enumeration; otherwise, false.

This property returns true for an enumeration, but not for the Enum type itself.

If the current Type represents a constructed generic type, this property applies to the generic type definition from which the type was constructed. For example, if the current Type represents MyGenericType<int> (MyGenericType(Of Integer) in Visual Basic), the value of this property is determined by MyGenericType<T>.

If the current Type represents a type parameter in the definition of a generic type or generic method, this property always returns false.

This property is read-only.

The following example demonstrates how to use the IsEnum property.

using System;
public enum Color 
{
Red, Blue, Green
}
class TestIsEnum 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
       Type colorType = typeof(Color);
       Type enumType = typeof(Enum);
       Console.WriteLine("Is Color an enum? {0}.", colorType.IsEnum);
       Console.WriteLine("Is Color a value type? {0}.", colorType.IsValueType);
       Console.WriteLine("Is Enum an enum Type? {0}.", enumType.IsEnum);
       Console.WriteLine("Is Enum a value type? {0}.", enumType.IsValueType);
   }
}

import System.*;

enum Color
{
    red, blue, green;
} //Color

class TestIsEnum
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        Type colorType = Color.class.ToType();
        Type enumType = Enum.class.ToType();
        Console.WriteLine("Is Color an enum? {0}.", 
            System.Convert.ToString(colorType.get_IsEnum()));
        Console.WriteLine("Is Color a value type? {0}.",
            System.Convert.ToString(colorType.get_IsValueType()));
        Console.WriteLine("Is Enum an enum Type? {0}.",
            System.Convert.ToString(enumType.get_IsEnum()));
        Console.WriteLine("Is Enum a value type? {0}.", 
            System.Convert.ToString(enumType.get_IsValueType()));
    } //main
} //TestIsEnum

This code produces the following output:

Is Color an enum? True.
Is Color a value type? True.
Is Enum an enum type? False.
Is Enum a value type? False.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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