.NET Framework Class Library
ObjectGetType Method

Gets the Type of the current instance.

Namespace:   System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
Syntax
Public Function GetType As [%$TOPIC/dfwy45w9_en-us_VS_110_2_0_0_0_0%]
public [%$TOPIC/dfwy45w9_en-us_VS_110_2_0_1_0_0%] GetType()
public:
[%$TOPIC/dfwy45w9_en-us_VS_110_2_0_2_0_0%]^ GetType()
member GetType : unit -> [%$TOPIC/dfwy45w9_en-us_VS_110_2_0_3_0_0%]

Return Value

Type: SystemType
The exact runtime type of the current instance.
Remarks

For two objects x and y that have identical runtime types, Object.ReferenceEquals(x.GetType(),y.GetType()) returns true. The following example uses the GetType method with the ReferenceEquals method to determine whether one numeric value is the same type as two other numeric values.

Dim n1 As Integer = 12
Dim n2 As Integer = 82
Dim n3 As Long = 12

Console.WriteLine("n1 and n2 are the same type: {0}",
                  Object.ReferenceEquals(n1.GetType(), n2.GetType()))
Console.WriteLine("n1 and n3 are the same type: {0}",
                  Object.ReferenceEquals(n1.GetType(), n3.GetType()))
' The example displays the following output: 
'       n1 and n2 are the same type: True 
'       n1 and n3 are the same type: False      
int n1 = 12;
int n2 = 82;
long n3 = 12;

Console.WriteLine("n1 and n2 are the same type: {0}",
                  Object.ReferenceEquals(n1.GetType(), n2.GetType()));
Console.WriteLine("n1 and n3 are the same type: {0}",
                  Object.ReferenceEquals(n1.GetType(), n3.GetType()));
// The example displays the following output: 
//       n1 and n2 are the same type: True 
//       n1 and n3 are the same type: False      
NoteNote

To determine whether an object is a specific type, you can use your language's type comparison keyword or construct. For example, you can use the TypeOf…Is construct in Visual Basic or the is keyword in C#.

The Type object exposes the metadata associated with the class of the current Object.

Examples

The following code example demonstrates that GetType returns the runtime type of the current instance.

' Define a base and a derived class. 
Public Class MyBaseClass
End Class  

Public Class MyDerivedClass : Inherits MyBaseClass
End Class  

Public Class Test
    Public Shared Sub Main() 
        Dim base As New MyBaseClass()
        Dim derived As New MyDerivedClass()
        Dim o As Object = derived
        Dim b As MyBaseClass = derived

        Console.WriteLine("base.GetType returns {0}", base.GetType())
        Console.WriteLine("derived.GetType returns {0}", derived.GetType())
        Console.WriteLine("Dim o As Object = derived; o.GetType returns {0}", o.GetType())
        Console.WriteLine("Dim b As MyBaseClass = derived; b.Type returns {0}", b.GetType())
    End Sub  
End Class  
' The example displays the following output: 
'    base.GetType returns MyBaseClass 
'    derived.GetType returns MyDerivedClass 
'    Dim o As Object = derived; o.GetType returns MyDerivedClass 
'    Dim b As MyBaseClass = derived; b.Type returns MyDerivedClass
using System;

public class MyBaseClass {
}

public class MyDerivedClass: MyBaseClass {
}

public class Test 
{
   public static void Main() 
   {
      MyBaseClass myBase = new MyBaseClass();
      MyDerivedClass myDerived = new MyDerivedClass();
      object o = myDerived;
      MyBaseClass b = myDerived;

      Console.WriteLine("mybase: Type is {0}", myBase.GetType());
      Console.WriteLine("myDerived: Type is {0}", myDerived.GetType());
      Console.WriteLine("object o = myDerived: Type is {0}", o.GetType());
      Console.WriteLine("MyBaseClass b = myDerived: Type is {0}", b.GetType());
   }
}
// The example displays the following output: 
//    mybase: Type is MyBaseClass 
//    myDerived: Type is MyDerivedClass 
//    object o = myDerived: Type is MyDerivedClass 
//    MyBaseClass b = myDerived: Type is MyDerivedClass 
using namespace System;

public ref class MyBaseClass {};

public ref class MyDerivedClass: MyBaseClass{};

int main()
{
   MyBaseClass^ myBase = gcnew MyBaseClass;
   MyDerivedClass^ myDerived = gcnew MyDerivedClass;
   Object^ o = myDerived;
   MyBaseClass^ b = myDerived;
   Console::WriteLine( "mybase: Type is {0}", myBase->GetType() );
   Console::WriteLine( "myDerived: Type is {0}", myDerived->GetType() );
   Console::WriteLine( "object o = myDerived: Type is {0}", o->GetType() );
   Console::WriteLine( "MyBaseClass b = myDerived: Type is {0}", b->GetType() );
}

/*

This code produces the following output.

mybase: Type is MyBaseClass
myDerived: Type is MyDerivedClass
object o = myDerived: Type is MyDerivedClass
MyBaseClass b = myDerived: Type is MyDerivedClass 

*/
Version Information

.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
Platforms

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.