ToString Method
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Type.ToString Method ()


Returns a String representing the name of the current Type.

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

public override string ToString()

Return Value

Type: System.String

A String representing the name of the current Type.

This method returns the fully qualified common language runtime namespace and name for all primitive types. For example, the C# instruction, (long)0.Type().ToString() returns "System.Int64" instead of merely "Int64".

If the current Type represents a generic type, the type and its type arguments are qualified by namespace and by nested type, but not by assembly. If the current Type represents a type parameter in the definition of a generic type or generic method, this method returns the unqualified name of the type parameter.

This following example demonstrates a use of the Namespace and Module properties and the ToString method of Type.

using System;

namespace MyNamespace
    class MyClass

public class Example
    public static void Main()
         Type myType = typeof(MyNamespace.MyClass);
         Console.WriteLine("Displaying information about {0}:", myType); 
         // Get the namespace of the myClass class.
         Console.WriteLine("   Namespace: {0}.", myType.Namespace);
         // Get the name of the module.
         Console.WriteLine("   Module: {0}.", myType.Module);
         // Get the fully qualified type name.
         Console.WriteLine("   Fully qualified name: {0}.", myType.ToString());
// The example displays the following output:
//    Displaying information about MyNamespace.MyClass:
//       Namespace: MyNamespace.
//       Module: type_tostring.exe.
//       Fully qualified name: MyNamespace.MyClass.

The following example compares the strings returned by the ToString method and the Name, FullName, and AssemblyQualifiedName properties.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Globalization;

public class Example
   public static void Main()
      Type t = typeof(String);

      t = typeof(System.Collections.Generic.List<>);

      var list = new List<String>();
      t = list.GetType();

      Object v = 12;
      t = v.GetType();

      t = typeof(IFormatProvider);

      IFormatProvider ifmt = NumberFormatInfo.CurrentInfo;
      t = ifmt.GetType();

   private static void ShowTypeInfo(Type t)
      Console.WriteLine("Name: {0}", t.Name);
      Console.WriteLine("Full Name: {0}", t.FullName);
      Console.WriteLine("ToString:  {0}", t.ToString());
      Console.WriteLine("Assembly Qualified Name: {0}",
// The example displays output like the following:
//    Name: String
//    Full Name: System.String
//    ToString:  System.String
//    Assembly Qualified Name: System.String, mscorlib, Version=, Culture=neutr
//    al, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089
//    Name: List`1
//    Full Name: System.Collections.Generic.List`1
//    ToString:  System.Collections.Generic.List`1[T]
//    Assembly Qualified Name: System.Collections.Generic.List`1, mscorlib, Version=4.
//    0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089
//    Name: List`1
//    Full Name: System.Collections.Generic.List`1[[System.String, mscorlib, Version=4
//    .0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089]]
//    ToString:  System.Collections.Generic.List`1[System.String]
//    Assembly Qualified Name: System.Collections.Generic.List`1[[System.String, mscor
//    lib, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089]], mscorl
//    ib, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089
//    Name: Int32
//    Full Name: System.Int32
//    ToString:  System.Int32
//    Assembly Qualified Name: System.Int32, mscorlib, Version=, Culture=neutra
//    l, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089
//    Name: IFormatProvider
//    Full Name: System.IFormatProvider
//    ToString:  System.IFormatProvider
//    Assembly Qualified Name: System.IFormatProvider, mscorlib, Version=, Cult
//    ure=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089
//    Name: NumberFormatInfo
//    Full Name: System.Globalization.NumberFormatInfo
//    ToString:  System.Globalization.NumberFormatInfo
//    Assembly Qualified Name: System.Globalization.NumberFormatInfo, mscorlib, Versio
//    n=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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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