Guid.Empty Field

July 28, 2014

A read-only instance of the Guid class whose value is guaranteed to be all zeroes.

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

public static readonly Guid Empty

You can compare a GUID with the value of the Guid.Empty field to determine whether a GUID is non-zero. The following example uses the Equality operator to compare two GUID values with Guid.Empty to determine whether they consist exclusively of zeros.


using System;

public class Example
{
   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
   {
      // Create a GUID and determine whether it consists of all zeros.
      Guid guid1 = Guid.NewGuid();
      outputBlock.Text += guid1.ToString() + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("Empty: {0}\n\n", guid1 == Guid.Empty);

      // Create a GUID with all zeros and compare it to Empty.
      Byte[] bytes = new Byte[16];
      Guid guid2 = new Guid(bytes);
      outputBlock.Text += guid2.ToString() + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("Empty: {0}\n", guid2 == Guid.Empty);
   }
}
// The example displays output like the following:
//       11c43ee8-b9d3-4e51-b73f-bd9dda66e29c
//       Empty: False
//       
//       00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000
//       Empty: True


Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0

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