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Assembly.GetType Method (String, Boolean)

Gets the Type object with the specified name in the assembly instance and optionally throws an exception if the type is not found.

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

public virtual Type GetType(
	string name,
	bool throwOnError
)

Parameters

name
Type: System.String

The full name of the type.

throwOnError
Type: System.Boolean

true to throw an exception if the type is not found; false to return null.

Return Value

Type: System.Type
An object that represents the specified class.

Implements

_Assembly.GetType(String, Boolean)

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

name is invalid.

-or-

The length of name exceeds 1024 characters.

ArgumentNullException

name is null.

TypeLoadException

throwOnError is true, and the type cannot be found.

FileNotFoundException

name requires a dependent assembly that could not be found.

FileLoadException

name requires a dependent assembly that was found but could not be loaded.

-or-

The current assembly was loaded into the reflection-only context, and name requires a dependent assembly that was not preloaded.

BadImageFormatException

name requires a dependent assembly, but the file is not a valid assembly.

-or-

name requires a dependent assembly which was compiled for a version of the runtime later than the currently loaded version.

This method only searches the current assembly instance. The name parameter includes the namespace but not the assembly. To search other assemblies for a type, use the Type.GetType(String) method overload, which can optionally include an assembly display name as part of the type name.

NoteNote

If the type has been forwarded to another assembly, it is still returned by this method. For information on type forwarding, see Type Forwarding in the Common Language Runtime.

The throwOnError parameter only affects what happens when the type is not found. It does not affect any other exceptions that might be thrown. In particular, if the type is found but cannot be loaded, TypeLoadException can be thrown even if throwOnError is false.

.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
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