Type.GetElementType Method

When overridden in a derived class, returns the Type of the object encompassed or referred to by the current array, pointer or reference type.

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

Public MustOverride Function GetElementType As Type
Dim instance As Type 
Dim returnValue As Type 

returnValue = instance.GetElementType()

Return Value

Type: System.Type
The Type of the object encompassed or referred to by the current array, pointer, or reference type, or Nothing if the current Type is not an array or a pointer, or is not passed by reference, or represents a generic type or a type parameter in the definition of a generic type or generic method.



This method returns Nothing for the Array class.

The following example demonstrates using the GetElementType method.

Imports System

Class TestGetElementType

    Public Shared Sub Main()
        Dim array As Integer() = {1, 2, 3}
        Dim t As Type = array.GetType()
        Dim t2 As Type = t.GetElementType()
        Console.WriteLine("The element type of {0} is {1}.", array, t2.ToString())
        Dim newMe As New TestGetElementType()
        t = newMe.GetType()
        t2 = t.GetElementType()
        If t2 Is Nothing Then
            Console.WriteLine("The element type of {0} is {1}.", newMe, "null")
            Console.WriteLine("The element type of {0} is {1}.", newMe, t2.ToString())
        End If 
    End Sub 'Main
End Class 'TestGetElementType

' This code produces the following output: 

'The element type of System.Int32[] is System.Int32. 
'The element type of TestGetElementType is null.

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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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