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Activator.CreateInstance Method (Type, Object[])

Creates an instance of the specified type using the constructor that best matches the specified parameters.

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

public static Object CreateInstance(
	Type type,
	params Object[] args
)

Parameters

type
Type: System.Type

The type of object to create.

args
Type: System.Object[]

An array of arguments that match in number, order, and type the parameters of the constructor to invoke. If args is an empty array or null, the constructor that takes no parameters (the default constructor) is invoked.

Return Value

Type: System.Object
A reference to the newly created object.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

type is null.

ArgumentException

type is not a RuntimeType.

-or-

type is an open generic type (that is, the ContainsGenericParameters property returns true).

NotSupportedException

type cannot be a TypeBuilder.

-or-

Creation of TypedReference, ArgIterator, Void, and RuntimeArgumentHandle types, or arrays of those types, is not supported.

-or-

The assembly that contains type is a dynamic assembly that was created with AssemblyBuilderAccess.Save.

-or-

The constructor that best matches args has varargs arguments.

TargetInvocationException

The constructor being called throws an exception.

MethodAccessException
NoteNote

In the .NET for Windows Store apps or the Portable Class Library, catch the base class exception, MemberAccessException, instead.

The caller does not have permission to call this constructor.

MemberAccessException

Cannot create an instance of an abstract class, or this member was invoked with a late-binding mechanism.

InvalidComObjectException

The COM type was not obtained through GetTypeFromProgID or GetTypeFromCLSID.

MissingMethodException
NoteNote

In the .NET for Windows Store apps or the Portable Class Library, catch the base class exception, MissingMemberException, instead.

No matching public constructor was found.

COMException

type is a COM object but the class identifier used to obtain the type is invalid, or the identified class is not registered.

TypeLoadException

type is not a valid type.

The constructor to be invoked must be accessible and must provide the most specific match with the specified argument list.

NoteNote

Starting with the .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1, this method can be used to access nonpublic types if the caller has been granted ReflectionPermission with the ReflectionPermissionFlag.RestrictedMemberAccess flag and if the grant set of the assembly that contains the nonpublic types is restricted to the caller’s grant set or to a subset thereof. (See Security Considerations for Reflection.)

To use this functionality, your application should target the .NET Framework 3.5 or later.

.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

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.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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