MethodBase.IsFamilyOrAssembly Property

Gets a value indicating whether the potential visibility of this method or constructor is described by MethodAttributes.FamORAssem; that is, the method or constructor can be called by derived classes wherever they are, and by classes in the same assembly.

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

public bool IsFamilyOrAssembly { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if access to this method or constructor is exactly described by MethodAttributes.FamORAssem; otherwise, false.

If a type member has MethodAttributes.FamORAssem visibility, it can be called from any member in a derived class or any member in the same assembly, but not from any other type.

The actual visibility of a method is limited by the visibility of its type. The IsFamilyOrAssembly property might be true for a method, but if it is a method of a private nested type then the method is not visible outside the containing type.

The visibility of a method or constructor is exactly described by MethodAttributes.FamORAssem if the visibility modifier is protected internal in C# (Protected Friend in Visual Basic, protected public in C++).

The following code example defines methods with varying levels of visibility, and displays the values of their IsAssembly, IsFamily, IsFamilyOrAssembly, and IsFamilyAndAssembly properties.

NoteNote

The Visual Basic and C# languages cannot define methods with MethodAttributes.FamANDAssem visibility; that access level appears only in the C++ example.

using System;
using System.Reflection;

public class Example
{
    public void m_public() {}
    internal void m_internal() {}
    protected void m_protected() {}
    protected internal void m_protected_public() {}

    public static void Main()
    {
        Console.WriteLine("\n{0,-30}{1,-18}{2}", "", "IsAssembly", "IsFamilyOrAssembly"); 
        Console.WriteLine("{0,-21}{1,-18}{2,-18}{3}\n", 
            "", "IsPublic", "IsFamily", "IsFamilyAndAssembly");

        foreach (MethodBase m in typeof(Example).GetMethods(
            BindingFlags.Instance | BindingFlags.NonPublic | BindingFlags.Public))
        {
            if (m.Name.Substring(0, 1) == "m")
            {
                Console.WriteLine("{0,-21}{1,-9}{2,-9}{3,-9}{4,-9}{5,-9}", 
                    m.Name,
                    m.IsPublic,
                    m.IsAssembly,
                    m.IsFamily,
                    m.IsFamilyOrAssembly,
                    m.IsFamilyAndAssembly
                );
            }
        }
    }
}

/* This code example produces output similar to the following:

                              IsAssembly        IsFamilyOrAssembly
                     IsPublic          IsFamily          IsFamilyAndAssembly

m_public             True     False    False    False    False
m_internal           False    True     False    False    False
m_protected          False    False    True     False    False
m_protected_public   False    False    False    True     False
 */

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8
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