Array.IsSynchronized Property

Gets a value indicating whether access to the Array is synchronized (thread safe).

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

public bool IsSynchronized { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
This property is always false for all arrays.

Implements

ICollection.IsSynchronized

Array implements the IsSynchronized property because it is required by the System.Collections.ICollection interface.

.NET Framework classes based on Array provide their own synchronized version of the collection using the SyncRoot property.

Classes that use arrays can also implement their own synchronization using the SyncRoot property. The synchronizing code must perform operations on the SyncRoot of the collection, not directly on the collection. This ensures proper operation of collections that are derived from other objects. Specifically, it maintains proper synchronization with other threads that might be simultaneously modifying the collection. Note that some implementations of SyncRoot might return the Array itself.

Enumerating through a collection is intrinsically not a thread safe procedure. Even when a collection is synchronized, other threads can still modify the collection, which causes the enumerator to throw an exception. To guarantee thread safety during enumeration, you can either lock the collection during the entire enumeration or catch the exceptions resulting from changes made by other threads.

Retrieving the value of this property is an O(1) operation.

The following code example shows how to lock an array during the entire enumeration by using the SyncRoot property.

Array myArray = new int[] { 1, 2, 4 };
lock(myArray.SyncRoot) 
{
    foreach (Object item in myArray)
        Console.WriteLine(item);
}

.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

.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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