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Assembly.GetType Method (String)

Gets the Type object with the specified name in the assembly instance.

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

public virtual Type GetType (
	string name
)
public Type GetType (
	String name
)
public function GetType (
	name : String
) : Type
Not applicable.

Parameters

name

The full name of the type.

Return Value

A Type object that represents the specified class, or a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) if the class is not found.

Exception typeCondition

ArgumentException

name is invalid.

ArgumentNullException

name is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

FileNotFoundException

name requires a dependent assembly that could not be found.

FileLoadException

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

-or-

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

BadImageFormatException

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

-or-

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

This method only searches the current assembly instance. The name parameter includes the namespace but not the assembly. To search other assemblies for a type, use the Type.GetType method overload, which can optionally include an assembly display name as part of the type name.

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 containing the manifest will not initiate a search of the entire assembly. To retrieve a type from an assembly, regardless of which module it is in, you must call GetType.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, 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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