Where(TSource) Method (IEnumerable(TSource), Func(TSource, Boolean))

Enumerable.Where<TSource> Method (IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource, Boolean>)


Filters a sequence of values based on a predicate.

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

public static IEnumerable<TSource> Where<TSource>(
	this IEnumerable<TSource> source,
	Func<TSource, bool> predicate


Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource>

An IEnumerable<T> to filter.

Type: System.Func<TSource, Boolean>

A function to test each element for a condition.

Return Value

Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource>

An IEnumerable<T> that contains elements from the input sequence that satisfy the condition.

Type Parameters


The type of the elements of source.

Exception Condition

source or predicate is null.

This method is implemented by using deferred execution. The immediate return value is an object that stores all the information that is required to perform the action. The query represented by this method is not executed until the object is enumerated either by calling its GetEnumerator method directly or by using foreach in Visual C# or For Each in Visual Basic.

In query expression syntax, a where (Visual C#) or Where (Visual Basic) clause translates to an invocation of Where<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource, Boolean>).

The following code example demonstrates how to use Where<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource, Boolean>) to filter a sequence.

List<string> fruits =
    new List<string> { "apple", "passionfruit", "banana", "mango", 
                    "orange", "blueberry", "grape", "strawberry" };

IEnumerable<string> query = fruits.Where(fruit => fruit.Length < 6);

foreach (string fruit in query)
 This code produces the following output:


Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 3.5
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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