TypeBuilder.DefineMethod Method (String, MethodAttributes, CallingConventions, Type, Type[])

Adds a new method to the type, with the specified name, method attributes, calling convention, and method signature.

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

public MethodBuilder DefineMethod (
	string name,
	MethodAttributes attributes,
	CallingConventions callingConvention,
	Type returnType,
	Type[] parameterTypes
public MethodBuilder DefineMethod (
	String name, 
	MethodAttributes attributes, 
	CallingConventions callingConvention, 
	Type returnType, 
	Type[] parameterTypes
public function DefineMethod (
	name : String, 
	attributes : MethodAttributes, 
	callingConvention : CallingConventions, 
	returnType : Type, 
	parameterTypes : Type[]
) : MethodBuilder
Not applicable.



The name of the method. name cannot contain embedded nulls.


The attributes of the method.


The calling convention of the method.


The return type of the method.


The types of the parameters of the method.

Return Value

A MethodBuilder representing the newly defined method.

Exception typeCondition


The length of name is zero.


The type of the parent of this method is an interface, and this method is not virtual (Overridable in Visual Basic).


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


The type was previously created using CreateType.


For the current dynamic type, the IsGenericType property is true, but the IsGenericTypeDefinition property is false.

The following code sample demonstrates the use of DefineMethod to set a constructor's particular signature and attributes on a dynamic type and to return a corresponding MethodBuilder for MSIL population.

using System;
using System.Threading;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Reflection.Emit;
using System.Security.Permissions;

public interface IMyInterface
   String HelloMethod(String parameter);

public class Example
   [PermissionSetAttribute(SecurityAction.Demand, Name="FullTrust")]
   public static void Main()
      Type myNestedClassType = CreateCallee(Thread.GetDomain());
      // Cretae an instance of 'MyNestedClass'.
      IMyInterface myInterface =

   // Create the callee transient dynamic assembly.
   private static Type CreateCallee(AppDomain myAppDomain)
      AssemblyName myAssemblyName = new AssemblyName();
      myAssemblyName.Name = "Example";
      // Create the callee dynamic assembly.
      AssemblyBuilder myAssembly =
         myAppDomain.DefineDynamicAssembly(myAssemblyName, AssemblyBuilderAccess.Run);
      // Create a dynamic module in the callee assembly.
      ModuleBuilder myModule = myAssembly.DefineDynamicModule("EmittedModule");
      // Define a public class named "MyHelloWorld".
      TypeBuilder myHelloWorldType =
         myModule.DefineType("MyHelloWorld", TypeAttributes.Public);
      // Define a public nested class named 'MyNestedClass'.
      TypeBuilder myNestedClassType =
            TypeAttributes.NestedPublic, typeof(Example),
            new Type[]{typeof(IMyInterface)});
      // Implement 'IMyInterface' interface.
      // Define 'HelloMethod' of 'IMyInterface'.
      MethodBuilder myHelloMethod =
            MethodAttributes.Public | MethodAttributes.Virtual,
            typeof(String), new Type[]{typeof(String)});
      // Generate IL for 'GetGreeting' method.
      ILGenerator myMethodIL = myHelloMethod.GetILGenerator();
      myMethodIL.Emit(OpCodes.Ldstr, "Hi! ");
      MethodInfo infoMethod =
         typeof(String).GetMethod("Concat",new Type[]{typeof(string),typeof(string)});
      myMethodIL.Emit(OpCodes.Call, infoMethod);

      MethodInfo myHelloMethodInfo =
      // Implement 'HelloMethod' of 'IMyInterface'.
      myNestedClassType.DefineMethodOverride(myHelloMethod, myHelloMethodInfo);
      // Create 'MyHelloWorld' type.
      Type myType = myHelloWorldType.CreateType();
      // Create 'MyNestedClass' type.
      return myNestedClassType.CreateType();

Windows 98, Windows Server 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 Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0