Max(TSource, TResult) Method (IEnumerable(TSource), Func(TSource, TResult))

Enumerable.Max<TSource, TResult> Method (IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource, TResult>)

Invokes a transform function on each element of a generic sequence and returns the maximum resulting value.

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

public static TResult Max<TSource, TResult>(
	this IEnumerable<TSource> source,
	Func<TSource, TResult> selector

Type Parameters


The type of the elements of source.


The type of the value returned by selector.


Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource>
A sequence of values to determine the maximum value of.
Type: System.Func<TSource, TResult>
A transform function to apply to each element.

Return Value

Type: TResult
The maximum value in the sequence.

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.


source or selector is null.

If type TResult implements IComparable<T>, this method uses that implementation to compare values. Otherwise, if type TResult implements IComparable, that implementation is used to compare values.

In Visual Basic query expression syntax, an Aggregate Into Max() clause translates to an invocation of Max.

The following code example demonstrates how to use Max<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource, Int32>) to determine the maximum value in a sequence of projected values.


This code example uses an overload of this overloaded method that is different from the specific overload that this topic describes. To extend the example to this topic, change the body of the selector function.

      class Pet
         public string Name { get; set; }
         public int Age { get; set; }

      public static void MaxEx4()
         Pet[] pets = { new Pet { Name="Barley", Age=8 },
                            new Pet { Name="Boots", Age=4 },
                            new Pet { Name="Whiskers", Age=1 } };

         int max = pets.Max(pet => pet.Age + pet.Name.Length);

         outputBlock.Text += String.Format(
             "The maximum pet age plus name length is {0}.",
             max) + "\n";

       This code produces the following output:

       The maximum pet age plus name length is 14.


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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