Was this page helpful?
Your feedback about this content is important. Let us know what you think.
Additional feedback?
1500 characters remaining
Export (0) Print
Expand All
Expand Minimize

Type.IsInstanceOfType Method

Determines whether the specified object is an instance of the current Type.

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

public virtual bool IsInstanceOfType(
	Object o
)

Parameters

o
Type: System.Object

The object to compare with the current type.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the current Type is in the inheritance hierarchy of the object represented by o, or if the current Type is an interface that o implements. false if neither of these conditions is the case, if o is null, or if the current Type is an open generic type (that is, ContainsGenericParameters returns true).

Implements

_Type.IsInstanceOfType(Object)

This method can be overridden by a derived class.

NoteNote

A constructed type is not an instance of its generic type definition. That is, MyGenericList<int> (MyGenericList(Of Integer) in Visual Basic) is not an instance of MyGenericList<T> (MyGenericList(Of T) in Visual Basic).

The following example demonstrates the use of the IsInstanceOfType method.

using System;

public interface IExample {}

public class BaseClass : IExample {}

public class DerivedClass : BaseClass {}

public class Example
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        var interfaceType = typeof(IExample);
        var base1 = new BaseClass();
        var base1Type = base1.GetType();
        var derived1 = new DerivedClass();
        var derived1Type = derived1.GetType();
        int[] arr = new int[11];

        Console.WriteLine("Is int[] an instance of the Array class? {0}.",
                           typeof(Array).IsInstanceOfType(arr));
        Console.WriteLine("Is base1 an instance of BaseClass? {0}.",
                          base1Type.IsInstanceOfType(base1));
        Console.WriteLine("Is derived1 an instance of BaseClass? {0}.",
                          base1Type.IsInstanceOfType(derived1));
        Console.WriteLine("Is base1 an instance of IExample? {0}.",
                          interfaceType.IsInstanceOfType(base1));
        Console.WriteLine("Is derived1 an instance of IExample? {0}.",
                          interfaceType.IsInstanceOfType(derived1));
    }
}
// The example displays the following output: 
//    Is int[] an instance of the Array class? True. 
//    Is base1 an instance of BaseClass? True. 
//    Is derived1 an instance of BaseClass? True. 
//    Is base1 an instance of IExample? True. 
//    Is derived1 an instance of IExample? True.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8
Show:
© 2015 Microsoft