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Attribute.GetCustomAttribute Method (Assembly, Type)

Retrieves a custom attribute applied to a specified assembly. Parameters specify the assembly and the type of the custom attribute to search for.

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

public static Attribute GetCustomAttribute(
	Assembly element,
	Type attributeType
)

Parameters

element
Type: System.Reflection.Assembly

An object derived from the Assembly class that describes a reusable collection of modules.

attributeType
Type: System.Type

The type, or a base type, of the custom attribute to search for.

Return Value

Type: System.Attribute
A reference to the single custom attribute of type attributeType that is applied to element, or null if there is no such attribute.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

element or attributeType is null.

ArgumentException

attributeType is not derived from Attribute.

AmbiguousMatchException

More than one of the requested attributes was found.

Use the GetCustomAttributes method if you expect more than one value to be returned, or AmbiguousMatchException will be thrown.

NoteNote

Starting with the .NET Framework version 2.0, this method returns security attributes if the attributes are stored in the new metadata format. Assemblies compiled with version 2.0 or later use the new format. Dynamic assemblies and assemblies compiled with earlier versions of the .NET Framework use the old XML format. See Emitting Declarative Security Attributes.

The following code example illustrates the use of the GetCustomAttribute method taking an Assembly as a parameter.

using System;
using System.Reflection;

// Add an AssemblyDescription attribute
[assembly: AssemblyDescription("A sample description")]
namespace IsDef1CS
{
    public class DemoClass
    {
        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            // Get the class type to access its metadata.
            Type clsType = typeof(DemoClass);
            // Get the assembly object.
            Assembly assy = clsType.Assembly;
            // Store the assembly's name.
            String assyName = assy.GetName().Name;
            // See if the Assembly Description is defined. 
            bool isdef = Attribute.IsDefined(assy, 
                typeof(AssemblyDescriptionAttribute));
            if (isdef)
            {
                // Affirm that the attribute is defined.
                Console.WriteLine("The AssemblyDescription attribute " +
                    "is defined for assembly {0}.", assyName);
                // Get the description attribute itself.
                AssemblyDescriptionAttribute adAttr = 
                    (AssemblyDescriptionAttribute)Attribute.GetCustomAttribute(
                    assy, typeof(AssemblyDescriptionAttribute));
                // Display the description. 
                if (adAttr != null)
                    Console.WriteLine("The description is \"{0}\".", 
                        adAttr.Description);
                else
                    Console.WriteLine("The description could not " +
                        "be retrieved.");            
            }
            else
                Console.WriteLine("The AssemblyDescription attribute is not " +
                    "defined for assembly {0}.", assyName);
        }
    }
}

/*
 * Output:
 * The AssemblyDescription attribute is defined for assembly IsDef1CS.
 * The description is "A sample description".
 */

.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 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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