Array.LastIndexOf(Of T) Method (T(), T, Int32, Int32)


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Searches for the specified object and returns the index of the last occurrence within the range of elements in the Array that contains the specified number of elements and ends at the specified index.

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

Public Shared Function LastIndexOf(Of T) (
	array As T(),
	value As T,
	startIndex As Integer,
	count As Integer
) As Integer


Type: T()

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

Type: T

The object to locate in array.

Type: System.Int32

The zero-based starting index of the backward search.

Type: System.Int32

The number of elements in the section to search.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32

The zero-based index of the last occurrence of value within the range of elements in array that contains the number of elements specified in count and ends at startIndex, if found; otherwise, –1.

Type Parameters


The type of the elements of the array.

Exception Condition

array is null.


startIndex is outside the range of valid indexes for array.


count is less than zero.


startIndex and count do not specify a valid section in array.

The Array is searched backward starting at startIndex and ending at startIndex minus count plus 1, if count is greater than 0.

The elements are compared to the specified value using the Object.Equals method. If the element type is a nonintrinsic (user-defined) type, the Equals implementation of that type is used.

This method is an O(n) operation, where n is count.

The following code example demonstrates all three generic overloads of the LastIndexOf method. An array of strings is created, with one entry that appears twice, at index location 0 and index location 5. The LastIndexOf(Of T)(T(), T) method overload searches the entire array from the end, and finds the second occurrence of the string. The LastIndexOf(Of T)(T(), T, Int32) method overload is used to search the array backward beginning with index location 3 and continuing to the beginning of the array, and finds the first occurrence of the string. Finally, the LastIndexOf(Of T)(T(), T, Int32, Int32) method overload is used to search a range of four entries, beginning at index location 4 and extending backward (that is, it searches the items at locations 4, 3, 2, and 1); this search returns –1 because there are no instances of the search string in that range.

Imports System

Public Class Example

    Public Shared Sub Main()

        Dim dinosaurs() As String = { "Tyrannosaurus", _
            "Amargasaurus", _
            "Mamenchisaurus", _
            "Brachiosaurus", _
            "Deinonychus", _
            "Tyrannosaurus", _
            "Compsognathus" }

        For Each dinosaur As String In dinosaurs

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & _
            "Array.LastIndexOf(dinosaurs, ""Tyrannosaurus""): {0}", _
            Array.LastIndexOf(dinosaurs, "Tyrannosaurus"))

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & _
            "Array.LastIndexOf(dinosaurs, ""Tyrannosaurus"", 3): {0}", _
            Array.LastIndexOf(dinosaurs, "Tyrannosaurus", 3))

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & _
            "Array.LastIndexOf(dinosaurs, ""Tyrannosaurus"", 4, 4): {0}", _
            Array.LastIndexOf(dinosaurs, "Tyrannosaurus", 4, 4))

    End Sub
End Class

' This code example produces the following output:
'Array.LastIndexOf(dinosaurs, "Tyrannosaurus"): 5
'Array.LastIndexOf(dinosaurs, "Tyrannosaurus", 3): 0
'Array.LastIndexOf(dinosaurs, "Tyrannosaurus", 4, 4): -1

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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