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SerializationInfo Class

Stores all the data needed to serialize or deserialize an object. This class cannot be inherited.

Namespace:  System.Runtime.Serialization
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public final class SerializationInfo

This class is used by objects with custom serialization behavior. The GetObjectData method on either ISerializable or ISerializationSurrogate populates the SerializationInfo store with the name, type, and value of each piece of information it wants to serialize. During deserialization, the appropriate function can extract this information.

Objects are added to the SerializationInfo store at serialization time using the AddValue methods and extracted from the SerializationInfo store at deserialization using the GetValue methods.

For more information about customizing serialization, see [<topic://cpconCustomSerialization>].

The following code example demonstrates the SerializationInfo for custom serialization and deserialization of various values.

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#using <mscorlib.dll>
#using <System.dll>
#using <System.Web.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Web;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace System::Collections;
using namespace System::Runtime::Serialization::Formatters::Binary;
using namespace System::Runtime::Serialization;
using namespace System::Security::Permissions;

private __sealed __gc class SingletonSerializationHelper;

// There should be only one instance of this type per AppDomain.
public __gc __sealed class Singleton : public ISerializable 
	// This is the one instance of this type.
	static Singleton* theOneObject = new Singleton();

	// Here are the instance fields.
	String* someString;
	Int32 someNumber;

	// Private constructor allowing this type to construct the singleton.
		// Do whatever is necessary to initialize the singleton.
		someString = S"This is a String* field";
		someNumber = 123;

	// A method returning a reference to the singleton.
	static Singleton* GetSingleton() 
		return theOneObject; 

	// A method called when serializing a Singleton.
	void GetObjectData(SerializationInfo* info, StreamingContext context) 
		// Instead of serializing this Object*, we will  
		// serialize a SingletonSerializationHelp instead.
		// No other values need to be added.

	// NOTE: ISerializable*'s special constructor is NOT necessary 
	// because it's never called

private __gc __sealed class SingletonSerializationHelper : public IObjectReference 
		// This Object* has no fields (although it could).
		// GetRealObject is called after this Object* is deserialized
		Object* GetRealObject(StreamingContext context) 
			// When deserialiing this Object*, return a reference to 
			// the singleton Object* instead.
			return Singleton::GetSingleton();

int main() 
	FileStream* fs = new FileStream(S"DataFile.dat", FileMode::Create);

		// Construct a BinaryFormatter and use it 
		// to serialize the data to the stream.
		BinaryFormatter* formatter = new BinaryFormatter();

		// Create an array with multiple elements refering to 
		// the one Singleton Object*.
		Singleton* a1[] = { Singleton::GetSingleton(), Singleton::GetSingleton() };

		// This displays S"True".
		Console::WriteLine(S"Do both array elements refer to the same Object? {0}", __box((a1->Item[0] == a1->Item[1])));

		// Serialize the array elements.
		formatter->Serialize(fs, a1);

		// Deserialize the array elements.
		fs->Position = 0;
		Singleton* a2[] = (Singleton* __gc[]) formatter->Deserialize(fs);

		// This displays S"True".
		Console::WriteLine(S"Do both array elements refer to the same Object? {0}", __box((a2->Item[0] == a2->Item[1]))); 

		// This displays S"True".
		Console::WriteLine(S"Do all  array elements refer to the same Object? {0}", __box((a1->Item[0] == a2->Item[0])));
	catch (SerializationException* e) 
		Console::WriteLine(S"Failed to serialize. Reason: {0}", e->Message);
	return 0;


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

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