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ExceptionHandlingClause Class

Represents a clause in a structured exception-handling block.


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

public class ExceptionHandlingClause

The ExceptionHandlingClause type exposes the following members.

Protected methodExceptionHandlingClauseInitializes a new instance of the ExceptionHandlingClause class.

Public propertyCatchTypeGets the type of exception handled by this clause.
Public propertyFilterOffsetGets the offset within the method body, in bytes, of the user-supplied filter code.
Public propertyFlagsGets a value indicating whether this exception-handling clause is a finally clause, a type-filtered clause, or a user-filtered clause.
Public propertyHandlerLengthGets the length, in bytes, of the body of this exception-handling clause.
Public propertyHandlerOffsetGets the offset within the method body, in bytes, of this exception-handling clause.
Public propertyTryLengthThe total length, in bytes, of the try block that includes this exception-handling clause.
Public propertyTryOffsetThe offset within the method, in bytes, of the try block that includes this exception-handling clause.

Public methodEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodToStringA string representation of the exception-handling clause. (Overrides Object.ToString().)

The ExceptionHandlingClause class provides information about the clauses in a trycatchfinally block (TryCatchFinally in Visual Basic). To get a list of exception-handling clauses in a method, obtain a MethodInfo that represents the method. Use the GetMethodBody method to obtain a MethodBody object, and then use the ExceptionHandlingClauses property to get the list of clauses.


Working with exception-handling clauses requires a thorough understanding of metadata and Microsoft intermediate language (MSIL) instruction formats. Information can be found in the Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) documentation, especially "Partition II: Metadata Definition and Semantics" and "Partition III: CIL Instruction Set". The documentation is available online; see ECMA C# and Common Language Infrastructure Standards on MSDN and Standard ECMA-335 - Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) on the Ecma International Web site.

The following code example defines a test method named MethodBodyExample, and displays its local variable information and exception-handling clauses. The MethodBase.GetMethodBody method is used to obtain a MethodBody object for the test method. The ExceptionHandlingClauses property is used to obtain a list of ExceptionHandlingClause objects and display their properties.

You can use Ildasm.exe to examine the MSIL for the compiled code example, to see how the offsets and lengths are calculated.


Not all computer languages can generate ExceptionHandlingClauseOptions.Filter clauses. The Visual Basic example shows a filter clause, using a Visual Basic When expression, which is omitted from the examples for other languages.

This code is part of a larger example located in the MethodBody class topic.

using System;
using System.Reflection;

public class Example
    public static void Main()
        // Get method body information.
        MethodInfo mi = typeof(Example).GetMethod("MethodBodyExample");
        MethodBody mb = mi.GetMethodBody();
        Console.WriteLine("\r\nMethod: {0}", mi);

        // Display the general information included in the 
        // MethodBody object.
        Console.WriteLine("    Local variables are initialized: {0}", 
        Console.WriteLine("    Maximum number of items on the operand stack: {0}", 


// Display exception handling clauses.
foreach (ExceptionHandlingClause ehc in mb.ExceptionHandlingClauses)

    // The FilterOffset property is meaningful only for Filter
    // clauses. The CatchType property is not meaningful for 
    // Filter or Finally clauses. 
    switch (ehc.Flags)
        case ExceptionHandlingClauseOptions.Filter:
            Console.WriteLine("        Filter Offset: {0}", 
        case ExceptionHandlingClauseOptions.Finally:
            Console.WriteLine("    Type of exception: {0}", 

    Console.WriteLine("       Handler Length: {0}", ehc.HandlerLength);
    Console.WriteLine("       Handler Offset: {0}", ehc.HandlerOffset);
    Console.WriteLine("     Try Block Length: {0}", ehc.TryLength);
    Console.WriteLine("     Try Block Offset: {0}", ehc.TryOffset);



    // The Main method contains code to analyze this method, using
    // the properties and methods of the MethodBody class.
    public void MethodBodyExample(object arg)
        // Define some local variables. In addition to these variables,
        // the local variable list includes the variables scoped to 
        // the catch clauses.
        int var1 = 42;
        string var2 = "Forty-two";

            // Depending on the input value, throw an ArgumentException or 
            // an ArgumentNullException to test the Catch clauses.
            if (arg == null)
                throw new ArgumentNullException("The argument cannot be null.");
            if (arg.GetType() == typeof(string))
                throw new ArgumentException("The argument cannot be a string.");

        // There is no Filter clause in this code example. See the Visual 
        // Basic code for an example of a Filter clause.

        // This catch clause handles the ArgumentException class, and
        // any other class derived from Exception.
        catch(Exception ex)
            Console.WriteLine("Ordinary exception-handling clause caught: {0}", 
            var1 = 3033;
            var2 = "Another string.";

// This code example produces output similar to the following:
//Method: Void MethodBodyExample(System.Object)
//    Local variables are initialized: True
//    Maximum number of items on the operand stack: 2


//    Type of exception: System.Exception
//       Handler Length: 21
//       Handler Offset: 70
//     Try Block Length: 61
//     Try Block Offset: 9
//       Handler Length: 14
//       Handler Offset: 94
//     Try Block Length: 85
//     Try Block Offset: 9

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, 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.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.