GetConstructor Method (BindingFlags, Binder, Type[], ParameterModifier[])

Type.GetConstructor Method (BindingFlags, Binder, Type(), ParameterModifier())

Searches for a constructor whose parameters match the specified argument types and modifiers, using the specified binding constraints.

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

<ComVisibleAttribute(True)> _
Public Function GetConstructor ( _
	bindingAttr As BindingFlags, _
	binder As Binder, _
	types As Type(), _
	modifiers As ParameterModifier() _
) As ConstructorInfo


Type: System.Reflection.BindingFlags
A bitmask comprised of one or more BindingFlags that specify how the search is conducted.
Zero, to return Nothing.
Type: System.Reflection.Binder
A Binder object that defines a set of properties and enables binding, which can involve selection of an overloaded method, coercion of argument types, and invocation of a member through reflection.
A null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic), to use the DefaultBinder.
Type: System.Type()
An array of Type objects representing the number, order, and type of the parameters for the constructor to get.
An empty array of the type Type (that is, Type[] types = new Type[0]) to get a constructor that takes no parameters.
Type: System.Reflection.ParameterModifier()
An array of ParameterModifier objects representing the attributes associated with the corresponding element in the parameter type array. The default binder does not process this parameter.

Return Value

Type: System.Reflection.ConstructorInfo
A ConstructorInfo object representing the constructor that matches the specified requirements, if found; otherwise, Nothing.


types is Nothing.


One of the elements in types is Nothing.


types is multidimensional.


modifiers is multidimensional.


types and modifiers do not have the same length.

The types array and the modifiers array have the same length. A parameter specified in the types array can have the following attributes, which are specified in the modifiers array: pdIn, pdOut, pdLcid, pdRetval, pdOptional, and pdHasDefault, which represent [In], [Out], [lcid], [retval], [optional], and a value specifying whether the parameter has a default value. A parameter's associated attributes are stored in the metadata and enhance interoperability.

If an exact match does not exist, the binder will attempt to coerce the parameter types specified in the types array in order to select a match. If the binder is unable to select a match, then Nothing is returned.

The following BindingFlags filter flags can be used to define which constructors 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 constructors in the search.

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

See System.Reflection.BindingFlags for more information.

To get the class initializer (.cctor) using this method overload, you must specify BindingFlags.Static | BindingFlags.NonPublic (BindingFlags.Static Or BindingFlags.NonPublic in Visual Basic).


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

If the current Type represents a constructed generic type, this method returns the ConstructorInfo 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 always returns Nothing.

Platform Notes

Silverlight for Windows Phone Silverlight for Windows Phone

 GetConstructor throws an ArgumentNullException exception when modifiers is Nothing. On Windows, no exception is thrown.

The following program obtains the type of MyClass1 class, gets the ConstructorInfo object matching the specified binding flags, and displays the signature of the constructor.

Public Class Example
    Public Sub New(ByVal i As Integer)
    End Sub

    Public Shared Sub Demo(ByVal outputBlock As System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock)

         Dim myType As Type = GetType(Example)
         Dim parameters() As Type = { GetType(Int32) }

         ' Get the public instance constructor that takes an integer parameter.
         Dim ctor As ConstructorInfo = myType.GetConstructor( _
             BindingFlags.Instance Or BindingFlags.Public, _
             Type.DefaultBinder, _
             parameters, _

         If ctor Is Nothing Then
             outputBlock.Text &= _
                 "There is no public instance constructor of MyClass " & _
                 "that takes an integer as a parameter." & vbCrLf
             outputBlock.Text &= _
                 "The public constructor of MyClass that takes an integer " & _
                 "as a parameter is: " & vbCrLf
             outputBlock.Text &= ctor.ToString() & vbCrLf
         End If

    End Sub 
End Class 

' This example produces the following output:
'The public constructor of MyClass that takes an integer as a parameter is:
'Void .ctor(Int32)


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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