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Message.BodyType Property

Gets or sets the type of data that the message body contains.

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

public int BodyType { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Int32
The message body's true type, such as a string, a date, a currency, or a number.


The message queue is filtered to ignore the Body property.

Message Queuing recognizes the body contents as an object or as a serialized stream. The BodyType property indicates the type of the object within the Body property of the message.

The XmlMessageFormatter performs binding between native types and the object in a message body. If you use the XmlMessageFormatter, the formatter sets the BodyType property for you.

Other formatters can provide binding functionality also, as shown in the following C# code.

message.Formatter = new ActiveXMessageFormatter();
object myObject message.Body;
if (myObject is string) {
if (myObject is int) {
if (myObject is float) {

The following code example displays the value of a message's BodyType property.

// Display the value of the message's BodyType property.
Console.WriteLine("Message.BodyType: {0}",

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0