Module.GetType Method (String)

Returns the specified type, performing a case-sensitive search.

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

[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
public virtual Type GetType(
	string className
)

Parameters

className
Type: System.String

The name of the type to locate. The name must be fully qualified with the namespace.

Return Value

Type: System.Type
A Type object representing the given type, if the type is in this module; otherwise, null.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

className is null.

TargetInvocationException

The class initializers are invoked and an exception is thrown.

ArgumentException

className is a zero-length string.

FileNotFoundException

className requires a dependent assembly that could not be found.

FileLoadException

className requires a dependent assembly that was found but could not be loaded.

-or-

The current assembly was loaded into the reflection-only context, and className requires a dependent assembly that was not preloaded.

BadImageFormatException

className requires a dependent assembly, but the file is not a valid assembly.

-or-

className requires a dependent assembly which was compiled for a version of the runtime later than the currently loaded version.

NoteNote

If the type has been forwarded to another assembly, it is still returned by this method. For information on type forwarding, see Type Forwarding in the Common Language Runtime.

A type can be retrieved from a specific module using Module.GetType. Calling Module.GetType on the module that contains the manifest will not search the entire assembly. To retrieve a type from an assembly, regardless of which module it is in, you must call Assembly.GetType.

The following example displays the name of a type in the specified module.

using System;
using System.Reflection;

namespace ReflectionModule_Examples
{
    class MyMainClass
    {
        static void Main()
        {
            Module[] moduleArray;

            moduleArray = typeof(MyMainClass).Assembly.GetModules(false);

            //In a simple project with only one module, the module at index 
            // 0 will be the module containing these classes.
            Module myModule = moduleArray[0];

            Type myType;

            myType = myModule.GetType("ReflectionModule_Examples.MyMainClass");
            Console.WriteLine("Got type: {0}", myType.ToString());
        }
    }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 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 Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8

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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