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Type.GetMethod Method (String, BindingFlags)

Searches for the specified method, using the specified binding constraints.

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

Public Function GetMethod ( _
	name As String, _
	bindingAttr As BindingFlags _
) As MethodInfo
Dim instance As Type
Dim name As String
Dim bindingAttr As BindingFlags
Dim returnValue As MethodInfo

returnValue = instance.GetMethod(name, bindingAttr)
public final MethodInfo GetMethod (
	String name, 
	BindingFlags bindingAttr
public final function GetMethod (
	name : String, 
	bindingAttr : BindingFlags
) : MethodInfo
Not applicable.



The String containing the name of the method to get.


A bitmask comprised of one or more BindingFlags that specify how the search is conducted.


Zero, to return a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

Return Value

A MethodInfo object representing the method that matches the specified requirements, if found; otherwise, a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

Exception typeCondition


More than one method is found with the specified name and matching the specified binding constraints.


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

The following BindingFlags filter flags can be used to define which methods to include in the search:

  • You must specify either BindingFlags.Instance or BindingFlags.Static in order to get a return.

  • Specify BindingFlags.Public to include public methods in the search.

  • Specify BindingFlags.NonPublic to include non-public methods (that is, private and protected members) in the search.

  • Specify BindingFlags.FlattenHierarchy to include public and protected static members up the hierarchy; private static members in inherited classes are not included.

The following BindingFlags modifier flags can be used to change how the search works:

  • BindingFlags.IgnoreCase to ignore the case of name.

  • BindingFlags.DeclaredOnly to search only the methods declared on the Type, not methods that were simply inherited.

See System.Reflection.BindingFlags for more information.

If the requested method is non-public and the caller does not have ReflectionPermission to reflect non-public objects outside the current assembly, this method returns a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


You cannot omit parameters when looking up constructors and methods. You can only omit parameters when invoking.

If the current T:System.Type represents a constructed generic type, this method returns the MethodInfo with the type parameters replaced by the appropriate type arguments.

If the current Type represents a type parameter in the definition of a generic type or generic method, this method searches the methods of the class constraint, or the methods of Object if there is no class constraint.


For generic methods, do not include the type arguments in name. For example, the C# code GetMember("MyMethod<int>") searches for a member with the text name "MyMethod<int>", rather than for a method named MyMethod that has one generic argument of type int.

The following example gets the method that matches the specified binding flags.

Imports System
Imports System.Reflection

Class Program

    ' Method to get:
    Public Sub MethodA()
    End Sub

    Public Shared Sub Main(ByVal args() As String)

        ' Get MethodA()
        Dim mInfo As MethodInfo = GetType(Program).GetMethod("MethodA", _
        	BindingFlags.Public Or BindingFlags.Instance)
        Console.WriteLine("Found method: {0}", mInfo)

    End Sub
End Class

import System.*;
import System.Reflection.*;

public class Program
	// Method to get:

	public void MethodA() { }

    public static void main(String[] args)
		Type tProgram = Program.class.ToType();

		// Get MethodA()
		MethodInfo mInfo = tProgram.GetMethod("MethodA",
			BindingFlags.Public | BindingFlags.Instance);
		Console.WriteLine("Found method: {0}", mInfo);


Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0