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do (C# Reference)

The do statement executes a statement or a block of statements enclosed in {} repeatedly until a specified expression evaluates to false. In the following example the do-while loop statements execute as long as the variable y is less than 5.

// statements_do.cs
using System;
public class TestDoWhile 
    public static void Main () 
        int x = 0;
        } while (x < 5);


Unlike the while statement, a do-while loop is executed once before the conditional expression is evaluated.

At any point within the do-while block, you can break out of the loop using the break statement. You can step directly to the while expression evaluation statement by using the continue statement; if the expression evaluates to true, execution continues at the first statement in the loop. If the expression evaluates to false, execution continues at the first statement after the do-while loop.

A do-while loop can also be exited by the goto, return, or throw statements.

For more information, see the following sections in the C# Language Specification:

  • Do statements

  • 8.8.2 The do statement