Type.GetProperty Method (String, Type, Type[], ParameterModifier[])

Searches for the specified public property whose parameters match the specified argument types and modifiers.

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

virtual PropertyInfo^ GetProperty (
	String^ name, 
	Type^ returnType, 
	array<Type^>^ types, 
	array<ParameterModifier>^ modifiers
) sealed
public final PropertyInfo GetProperty (
	String name, 
	Type returnType, 
	Type[] types, 
	ParameterModifier[] modifiers
public final function GetProperty (
	name : String, 
	returnType : Type, 
	types : Type[], 
	modifiers : ParameterModifier[]
) : PropertyInfo



The String containing the name of the public property to get.


The return type of the property.


An array of Type objects representing the number, order, and type of the parameters for the indexed property to get.


An empty array of the type Type (that is, Type[] types = new Type[0]) to get a property that is not indexed.


An array of ParameterModifier objects representing the attributes associated with the corresponding element in the types array. The default binder does not process this parameter.

Return Value

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

Exception typeCondition


More than one property is found with the specified name and matching the specified argument types and modifiers.


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


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


One of the elements in types is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


types is multidimensional.


modifiers is multidimensional.


types and modifiers do not have the same length.

Although the default binder does not process ParameterModifier (the modifiers parameter), you can use the abstract System.Reflection.Binder class to write a custom binder that does process modifiers. ParameterModifier is only used when calling through COM interop, and only parameters that are passed by reference are handled.

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.

The search for name is case-sensitive. The search includes public static and public instance properties.

If the requested type 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).

If the current T:System.Type represents a constructed generic type, this method returns the PropertyInfo 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 properties of the class constraint.

The following example obtains a Type object corresponding to MyPropertyClass, and the indexed property of this class is retrieved using the arguments passed to the GetProperty method.

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Reflection;
public ref class MyPropertyClass
   array<int, 2>^ myPropertyArray;


   property int Item [int, int]
      // Declare an indexer.
      int get( int i, int j )
         return myPropertyArray[ i,j ];

      void set( int i, int j, int value )
         myPropertyArray[ i,j ] = value;



int main()
      Type^ myType = MyPropertyClass::typeid;
      array<Type^>^myTypeArray = gcnew array<Type^>(2);
      // Create an instance of the Type array representing the number, order
      // and type of the parameters for the property.
      myTypeArray->SetValue( int::typeid, 0 );
      myTypeArray->SetValue( int::typeid, 1 );
      // Search for the indexed property whose parameters match the
      // specified argument types and modifiers.
      PropertyInfo^ myPropertyInfo = myType->GetProperty( "Item", int::typeid, myTypeArray, nullptr );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}.{1} has a property type of {2}", myType->FullName, myPropertyInfo->Name, myPropertyInfo->PropertyType );
   catch ( Exception^ ex ) 
      Console::WriteLine( "An exception occurred {0}", ex->Message );


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

public class MyPropertyClass
    private int myPropertyArray[,] = new int[10, 10];

    // Declare an indexer.
    /** @property 
    public int get_Item(int i, int j)
        return myPropertyArray[i, j];
    } //Item 

    /** @property 
    public void set_Item(int i, int j, int value)
        myPropertyArray[i, j] = value;
    } //Item
} //MyPropertyClass

public class MyTypeClass
    public static void main(String[] args)
        try {
            Type myType = MyPropertyClass.class.ToType();
            Type myTypeArray[] = new Type[2];
            // Create an instance of the Type array representing the number, 
            // order and type of the parameters for the property.
            myTypeArray.SetValue(int.class.ToType(), 0);
            myTypeArray.SetValue(int.class.ToType(), 1);
            // Search for the indexed property whose parameters match the
            // specified argument types and modifiers.
            PropertyInfo myPropertyInfo = myType.GetProperty("Item",
                int.class.ToType(), myTypeArray, null);
            Console.WriteLine(myType.get_FullName() + "." + myPropertyInfo.
                get_Name() + " has a property type of " + myPropertyInfo.
        catch (System.Exception ex) {
            Console.WriteLine("An exception occurred " + ex.get_Message());
    } //main
} //MyTypeClass

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0