Attribute.IsDefined Method (MemberInfo, Type, Boolean)

Determines whether any custom attributes are applied to a member of a type. Parameters specify the member, the type of the custom attribute to search for, and whether to search ancestors of the member.

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

static member IsDefined : 
        element:MemberInfo * 
        attributeType:Type * 
        inherit:bool -> bool

Parameters

element
Type: System.Reflection.MemberInfo

An object derived from the MemberInfo class that describes a constructor, event, field, method, type, or property member of a class.

attributeType
Type: System.Type

The type, or a base type, of the custom attribute to search for.

inherit
Type: System.Boolean

If true, specifies to also search the ancestors of element for custom attributes.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if a custom attribute of type attributeType is applied to element; otherwise, false.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

element or attributeType is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

ArgumentException

attributeType is not derived from Attribute.

NotSupportedException

element is not a constructor, method, property, event, type, or field.

NoteNote

Starting with the .NET Framework version 2.0, this method returns true if a type, method, or constructor has security attributes stored in the new metadata format. Assemblies compiled with version 2.0 or later use the new format. Dynamic assemblies and assemblies compiled with earlier versions of the .NET Framework use the old XML format. See Emitting Declarative Security Attributes.

The following code example illustrates the use of IsDefined, taking a MemberInfo as a parameter.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

.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 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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