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TypeDescriptor.GetReflectionType Method (Object)

Returns a Type that can be used to perform reflection, given an object.

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

public static Type GetReflectionType(
	Object instance


Type: System.Object
An instance of the target component.

Return Value

Type: System.Type
A Type for the specified object.


instance is null.

The GetReflectionType method is a low-level version of the GetTypeDescriptor method. GetReflectionType is typically used to perform standard reflection against an object when no custom type descriptor can be located for it.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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.