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ResourceManager.GetObject Method (String, CultureInfo)

Updated: May 2012

Gets the value of the Object resource localized for the specified culture.

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

public virtual Object GetObject(
	string name,
	CultureInfo culture


Type: System.String

The name of the resource to get.

Type: System.Globalization.CultureInfo

The CultureInfo object that represents the culture for which the resource is localized. Note that if the resource is not localized for this culture, the lookup will fall back using the culture's CultureInfo.Parent property, stopping after checking in the neutral culture.

If this value is null, the CultureInfo is obtained using the culture's CultureInfo.CurrentUICulture property.

Return Value

Type: System.Object
The value of the resource, localized for the specified culture. If a "best match" is not possible, null is returned.


The name parameter is null.


No usable set of resources have been found, and there are no neutral culture resources.


The default culture's resources reside in a satellite assembly that could not be found.

If the resource has not been localized for the specified culture, the resource that is returned is localized for a best match (this is accomplished using the culture's CultureInfo.Parent property). Otherwise, null is returned.

If no usable set of resources has been found, the ResourceManager falls back on the neutral culture's resources, which are expected to be included in the main assembly. If an appropriate culture resource has not been found, a MissingManifestResourceException is thrown.


The GetObject method is thread-safe.

Caution noteCaution:

This method can throw more exceptions than are listed. One reason this might occur is if a method that this method calls throws an exception. For example, a FileLoadException might be thrown if an error was made deploying or installing a satellite assembly, or a SerializationException might be thrown if a user-defined type throws a user-defined exception when the type is deserialized.

Performance Considerations

If you call the GetObject method multiple times with the same name parameter, do not depend on the return value being a reference to the same object. This is because the GetObject method can return a reference to an existing resource object in a cache, or can reload the resource and return a reference to a new resource object.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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

.NET Framework

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0




May 2012

Added MissingSatelliteAssemblyException exception.

Content bug fix.