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Enumerable.AsEnumerable<TSource> Method

Returns the input typed as IEnumerable<T>.

Namespace:  System.Linq
Assembly:  System.Core (in System.Core.dll)

public static IEnumerable<TSource> AsEnumerable<TSource>(
	this IEnumerable<TSource> source

Type Parameters


The type of the elements of source.


Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource>
The sequence to type as IEnumerable<T>.

Return Value

Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource>
The input sequence typed as IEnumerable<T>.

Usage Note

In Visual Basic and C#, you can call this method as an instance method on any object of type IEnumerable<TSource>. When you use instance method syntax to call this method, omit the first parameter. For more information, see Extension Methods (Visual Basic) or Extension Methods (C# Programming Guide).

The AsEnumerable<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>) method has no effect other than to change the compile-time type of source from a type that implements IEnumerable<T> to IEnumerable<T> itself.

AsEnumerable<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>) can be used to choose between query implementations when a sequence implements IEnumerable<T> but also has a different set of public query methods available. For example, given a generic class Table that implements IEnumerable<T> and has its own methods such as Where, Select, and SelectMany, a call to Where would invoke the public Where method of Table. A Table type that represents a database table could have a Where method that takes the predicate argument as an expression tree and converts the tree to SQL for remote execution. If remote execution is not desired, for example because the predicate invokes a local method, the AsEnumerable<TSource> method can be used to hide the custom methods and instead make the standard query operators available.

The following code example demonstrates how to use AsEnumerable<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>) to hide a type's custom Where method when the standard query operator implementation is desired.

        // Custom class.
        class Clump<T> : List<T>
            // Custom implementation of Where().
            public IEnumerable<T> Where(Func<T, bool> predicate)
                Console.WriteLine("In Clump's implementation of Where().");
                return Enumerable.Where(this, predicate);

        static void AsEnumerableEx1()
            // Create a new Clump<T> object.
            Clump<string> fruitClump =
                new Clump<string> { "apple", "passionfruit", "banana", 
                    "mango", "orange", "blueberry", "grape", "strawberry" };

            // First call to Where():
            // Call Clump's Where() method with a predicate.
            IEnumerable<string> query1 =
                fruitClump.Where(fruit => fruit.Contains("o"));

            Console.WriteLine("query1 has been created.\n");

            // Second call to Where():
            // First call AsEnumerable() to hide Clump's Where() method and thereby
            // force System.Linq.Enumerable's Where() method to be called.
            IEnumerable<string> query2 =
                fruitClump.AsEnumerable().Where(fruit => fruit.Contains("o"));

            // Display the output.
            Console.WriteLine("query2 has been created.");

        // This code produces the following output:
        // In Clump's implementation of Where().
        // query1 has been created.
        // query2 has been created.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.