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Attribute.IsDefined Method (ParameterInfo, Type, Boolean)

Determines whether any custom attributes are applied to a method parameter. Parameters specify the method parameter, the type of the custom attribute to search for, and whether to search ancestors of the method parameter.

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

Public Shared Function IsDefined ( _
	element As ParameterInfo, _
	attributeType As Type, _
	inherit As Boolean _
) As Boolean


Type: System.Reflection.ParameterInfo
An object derived from the ParameterInfo class that describes a parameter of a member of a class.
Type: System.Type
The type, or a base type, of the custom attribute to search for.
Type: System.Boolean
If true, specifies to also search the ancestors of element for custom attributes.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if a custom attribute of type attributeType is applied to element; otherwise, false.


element or attributeType is Nothing.


attributeType is not derived from Attribute.


element is not a method, constructor, or type.

The following code example illustrates the use of IsDefined, taking a ParameterInfo as a parameter.

Imports System
Imports System.Reflection

Module DemoModule
    Public Class TestClass
        ' Assign a ParamArray attribute to the parameter using the keyword.
        Public Sub Method1(ByVal ParamArray args As String())
        End Sub
    End Class

    Sub Main()
        ' Get the class type to access its metadata.
        Dim clsType As Type = GetType(TestClass)
        ' Get the MethodInfo object for Method1.
        Dim mInfo As MethodInfo = clsType.GetMethod("Method1")
        ' Get the ParameterInfo array for the method parameters.
        Dim pInfo() As ParameterInfo = mInfo.GetParameters()
        If Not pInfo(0) Is Nothing Then
            ' See if the ParamArray attribute is defined.
            Dim isDef As Boolean = Attribute.IsDefined(pInfo(0), _
            Dim strDef As String
            If isDef = True Then
                strDef = "is"
                strDef = "is not"
            End If
            ' Display the result.
            Console.WriteLine("The ParamArray attribute {0} defined " & _
                              "for parameter {1} of method {2}.", _
                              strDef, pInfo(0).Name, mInfo.Name)
            Console.WriteLine("Could not retrieve parameter information " & _
                              "for method {0}.", mInfo.Name)
        End If
    End Sub
End Module

' Output:
' The ParamArray attribute is defined for parameter args of method Method1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.