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MethodBase.Invoke Method (Object, Object())

Invokes the method or constructor represented by the current instance, using the specified parameters.

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

Public Function Invoke ( _
	obj As Object, _
	parameters As Object() _
) As Object


Type: System.Object
The object on which to invoke the method or constructor. If a method is static, this argument is ignored. If a constructor is static, this argument must be Nothing or an instance of the class that defines the constructor.
Type: System.Object()
An argument list for the invoked method or constructor. This is an array of objects with the same number, order, and type as the parameters of the method or constructor to be invoked. If there are no parameters, parameters should be Nothing.
If the method or constructor represented by this instance takes a ref parameter (ByRef in Visual Basic), no special attribute is required for that parameter in order to invoke the method or constructor using this function. Any object in this array that is not explicitly initialized with a value will contain the default value for that object type. For reference-type elements, this value is Nothing. For value-type elements, this value is 0, 0.0, or false, depending on the specific element type.

Return Value

Type: System.Object
An object containing the return value of the invoked method, or Nothing in the case of a constructor.
Caution noteCaution

Elements of the parameters array that represent parameters declared with the ref or out keyword may also be modified.


_MethodBase.Invoke(Object, Object())


The obj parameter is Nothing and the method is not static.


The method is not declared or inherited by the class of obj.


A static constructor is invoked, and obj is neither Nothing nor an instance of the class that declared the constructor.


The elements of the parameters array do not match the signature of the method or constructor reflected by this instance.


The invoked method or constructor throws an exception.


The current instance is a DynamicMethod that contains unverifiable code. See the "Verification" section in Remarks for DynamicMethod.


The parameters array does not have the correct number of arguments.


The caller does not have permission to execute the method or constructor that is represented by the current instance.


The type that declares the method is an open generic type. That is, the Type.ContainsGenericParameters property returns true for the declaring type.


The current instance is a MethodBuilder.

This is a convenience method that calls the Invoke(Object, BindingFlags, Binder, Object(), CultureInfo) method overload, passing Default for invokeAttr and Nothing for binder and culture.

If the invoked method throws an exception, the Exception.GetBaseException method returns the exception.

To invoke a static method using its MethodInfo object, pass Nothing for obj.


If this method overload is used to invoke an instance constructor, the object supplied for obj is reinitialized; that is, all instance initializers are executed. The return value is Nothing. If a class constructor is invoked, the class is reinitialized; that is, all class initializers are executed. The return value is Nothing.


Starting with the .NET Framework version 2.0 Service Pack 1, this method can be used to access non-public members if the caller has been granted ReflectionPermission with the ReflectionPermissionFlag.RestrictedMemberAccess flag and if the grant set of the non-public members is restricted to the caller’s grant set, or a subset thereof. (See Security Considerations for Reflection.)

To use this functionality, your application should target the .NET Framework version 3.5 or later.

If a parameter of the current method is a value type, and the corresponding argument in parameters is Nothing, the runtime passes a zero-initialized instance of the value type.

The following code example demonstrates dynamic method lookup using reflection. Note that you cannot use the MethodInfo object from the base class to invoke the overridden method in the derived class, because late binding cannot resolve overrides.

Imports System
Imports System.Reflection

Public Class MagicClass
    Private magicBaseValue As Integer

    Public Sub New()
        magicBaseValue = 9
    End Sub

    Public Function ItsMagic(preMagic As Integer) As Integer
        Return preMagic * magicBaseValue
    End Function
End Class

Public Class TestMethodInfo
    Public Shared Sub Main()
        ' Get the constructor and create an instance of MagicClass

        Dim magicType As Type = Type.GetType("MagicClass")
        Dim magicConstructor As ConstructorInfo = magicType.GetConstructor(Type.EmptyTypes)
        Dim magicClassObject As Object = magicConstructor.Invoke(New Object(){})

        ' Get the ItsMagic method and invoke with a parameter value of 100

        Dim magicMethod As MethodInfo = magicType.GetMethod("ItsMagic")
        Dim magicValue As Object = magicMethod.Invoke(magicClassObject, New Object(){100})

        Console.WriteLine("MethodInfo.Invoke() Example" + vbNewLine)
        Console.WriteLine("MagicClass.ItsMagic() returned: {0}", magicValue)
    End Sub
End Class

' The example program gives the following output:
' MethodInfo.Invoke() Example
' MagicClass.ItsMagic() returned: 900

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

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.