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Type.FullName Property

Gets the fully qualified name of the Type, including the namespace of the Type but not the assembly.

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

public abstract string FullName { get; }
/** @property */
public abstract String get_FullName ()

public abstract function get FullName () : String

Not applicable.

Property Value

The fully qualified name of the Type, including the namespace of the Type but not the assembly; or a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) if the current instance represents a generic type parameter, an array type, pointer type, or byref type based on a type parameter, or a generic type that is not a generic type definition but contains unresolved type parameters.

For example, the fully qualified name of the C# string type is System.String. Contrast this with the assembly-qualified name, which is the full name plus the assembly, provided by the AssemblyQualifiedName property.

If the current Type represents a generic type, the type arguments in the string returned by FullName are qualified by their assembly, version, and so on, even though the string representation of the generic type itself is not qualified by assembly. Thus, concatenating t.FullName + ", " + t.Assembly.FullName produces a result that is equivalent to t.AssemblyQualifiedName, as is the case with types that are not generic.

If the current Type represents a type parameter of a generic type, or an array type, pointer type, or byref type based on a type parameter, this property returns a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

If the current type contains generic type parameters that have not been replaced by specific types (that is, the ContainsGenericParameters property returns true), but the type is not a generic type definition (that is, the IsGenericTypeDefinition property returns false), this property returns a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic). For example, consider the classes Base and Derived in the following code.

public class Base<TBase> { }
public class Derived<TDerived> : Base<TDerived> { }

If you use the BaseType property to obtain the base type of Derived, the FullName property of the resulting Type object returns a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic). To get a non-null FullName, you can use the GetGenericTypeDefinition method to get the generic type definition.

This property is read-only.

The following example displays the full name of the specified type.

using System;
class TestFullName 
{
public static void Main() 
    {
    Type t = typeof(Array);
    Console.WriteLine("The full name of the Array type is {0}.", t.FullName);
    }
} 

import System.*;

class TestFullName
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        Type t = Array.class.ToType();
        Console.WriteLine("The full name of the Array type is {0}.", 
            t.get_FullName());
    } //main
} //TestFullName

This code produces the following output:

The full name of the Array type is System.Array

Windows 98, Windows Server 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 Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0
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