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Array.Exists Generic Method

Note: This method is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Determines whether the specified array contains elements that match the conditions defined by the specified predicate.

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

Public Shared Function Exists(Of T) ( _
	array As T(), _
	match As Predicate(Of T) _
) As Boolean
Dim array As T()
Dim match As Predicate(Of T)
Dim returnValue As Boolean

returnValue = Array.Exists(array, match)
J# supports the use of generic types and methods, but not the declaration of new ones.
JScript does not support generic types and methods.

Type Parameters


The type of the elements of the array.



The one-dimensional, zero-based Array to search.


The Predicate that defines the conditions of the elements to search for.

Return Value

true if array contains one or more elements that match the conditions defined by the specified predicate; otherwise, false.

Exception typeCondition


array is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


match is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

The Predicate is a delegate to a method that returns true if the object passed to it matches the conditions defined in the delegate. The elements of array are individually passed to the Predicate, and processing is stopped when a match is found.

This method is an O(n) operation, where n is the Length of array.

The following code example demonstrates the Exists generic method and several other generic methods that use the Predicate generic delegate.

An array of strings is created, containing 8 dinosaur names, two of which (at positions 1 and 5) end with "saurus". The code example also defines a search predicate method named EndsWithSaurus, which accepts a string parameter and returns a Boolean value indicating whether the input string ends in "saurus".

The Exists method stops and returns true at the first element for which the predicate method returns true, which in this case is "Amargasaurus".


In C# and Visual Basic, it is not necessary to create the Predicate<string> delegate (Predicate(Of String) in Visual Basic) explicitly. These languages infer the correct delegate from context and create it automatically.

The TrueForAll generic method stops and returns false at the first element for which the predicate method returns false.

The Find generic method traverses the array from the beginning, passing each element in turn to the EndsWithSaurus method. The search stops when the EndsWithSaurus method returns true for the element "Amargasaurus".

The FindLast generic method is used to search the array backward from the end. It finds the element "Dilophosaurus" at position 5. The FindAll generic method is used to return an array containing all the elements that end in "saurus". The elements are displayed.

Imports System

Public Class Example

    Public Shared Sub Main()

        Dim dinosaurs() As String = { "Compsognathus", _
            "Amargasaurus",   "Oviraptor",      "Velociraptor", _
            "Deinonychus",    "Dilophosaurus",  "Gallimimus", _
            "Triceratops" }

        For Each dinosaur As String In dinosaurs

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & _
            "Array.Exists(dinosaurs, AddressOf EndsWithSaurus): {0}", _
            Array.Exists(dinosaurs, AddressOf EndsWithSaurus))

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & _
            "Array.TrueForAll(dinosaurs, AddressOf EndsWithSaurus: {0}", _
            Array.TrueForAll(dinosaurs, AddressOf EndsWithSaurus))

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & _
            "Array.Find(dinosaurs, AddressOf EndsWithSaurus): {0}", _
            Array.Find(dinosaurs, AddressOf EndsWithSaurus))

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & _
            "Array.FindLast(dinosaurs, AddressOf EndsWithSaurus): {0}", _
            Array.FindLast(dinosaurs, AddressOf EndsWithSaurus))

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & _
            "Array.FindAll(dinosaurs, AddressOf EndsWithSaurus):")
        Dim subArray() As String = _
            Array.FindAll(dinosaurs, AddressOf EndsWithSaurus)

        For Each dinosaur As String In subArray
    End Sub

    ' Search predicate returns true if a string ends in "saurus".
    Private Shared Function EndsWithSaurus(ByVal s As String) _
        As Boolean

        ' AndAlso prevents evaluation of the second Boolean
        ' expression if the string is so short that an error
        ' would occur.
        If (s.Length > 5) AndAlso _
            (s.Substring(s.Length - 6).ToLower() = "saurus") Then
            Return True
            Return False
        End If
    End Function
End Class

' This code example produces the following output:
'Array.Exists(dinosaurs, AddressOf EndsWithSaurus): True
'Array.TrueForAll(dinosaurs, AddressOf EndsWithSaurus: False
'Array.Find(dinosaurs, AddressOf EndsWithSaurus): Amargasaurus
'Array.FindLast(dinosaurs, AddressOf EndsWithSaurus): Dilophosaurus
'Array.FindAll(dinosaurs, AddressOf EndsWithSaurus):

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0