FlagsAttribute Constructor

Initializes a new instance of the FlagsAttribute class.

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

public FlagsAttribute()

The following code example illustrates the use of the FlagsAttribute attribute and shows the effect on the ToString method of using FlagsAttribute on an Enum declaration.

// Example of the FlagsAttribute attribute. 
using System;

class FlagsAttributeDemo
{
    // Define an Enum without FlagsAttribute. 
    enum SingleHue : short
    {
        Black = 0,
        Red = 1,
        Green = 2,
        Blue = 4
    };

    // Define an Enum with FlagsAttribute.
    [FlagsAttribute] 
    enum MultiHue : short
    {
        Black = 0,
        Red = 1,
        Green = 2,
        Blue = 4
    };

    static void Main( )
    {
        Console.WriteLine( 
            "This example of the FlagsAttribute attribute \n" +
            "generates the following output." );
        Console.WriteLine( 
            "\nAll possible combinations of values of an \n" +
            "Enum without FlagsAttribute:\n" );

        // Display all possible combinations of values. 
        for( int val = 0; val <= 8; val++ )
            Console.WriteLine( "{0,3} - {1}", 
                val, ( (SingleHue)val ).ToString( ) );

        Console.WriteLine( 
            "\nAll possible combinations of values of an \n" +
            "Enum with FlagsAttribute:\n" );

        // Display all possible combinations of values. 
        // Also display an invalid value. 
        for( int val = 0; val <= 8; val++ )
            Console.WriteLine( "{0,3} - {1}", 
                val, ( (MultiHue)val ).ToString( ) );
    } 
} 

/*
This example of the FlagsAttribute attribute
generates the following output.

All possible combinations of values of an
Enum without FlagsAttribute:

  0 - Black
  1 - Red
  2 - Green
  3 - 3
  4 - Blue
  5 - 5
  6 - 6
  7 - 7
  8 - 8

All possible combinations of values of an
Enum with FlagsAttribute:

  0 - Black
  1 - Red
  2 - Green
  3 - Red, Green
  4 - Blue
  5 - Red, Blue
  6 - Green, Blue
  7 - Red, Green, Blue
  8 - 8
*/

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0
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