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PropertyInfo.GetValue Method (Object, Object[])

Returns the value of the property with optional index values for indexed properties.

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

public virtual Object GetValue(
	Object obj,
	Object[] index


Type: System.Object

The object whose property value will be returned.

Type: System.Object[]

Optional index values for indexed properties. This value should be null for non-indexed properties.

Return Value

Type: System.Object
The property value for the obj parameter.


_PropertyInfo.GetValue(Object, Object[])


The index array does not contain the type of arguments needed.


The property's get accessor is not found.


The object does not match the target type.


The property is an instance property, but obj is null.


The number of parameters in index does not match the number of parameters the indexed property takes.


There was an illegal attempt to access a private or protected method inside a class.


An error occurred while retrieving the property value. For example, an index value specified for an indexed property is out of range. The InnerException property indicates the reason for the error.

To determine whether a property is indexed, use the GetIndexParameters method. If the resulting array has 0 (zero) elements, the property is not indexed.

This is a convenience method that provides an implementation for the abstract GetValue method with a BindingFlags parameter of Default, the Binder set to null, and the CultureInfo set to null.

Because static properties belong to the type, not to individual objects, get static properties by passing null as the obj argument. For example, use the following code to get the static CurrentCulture property of CultureInfo:

PropertyInfo CurCultProp = 
Console.WriteLine("CurrCult: " +

To use the GetValue method, first get the class Type. From the Type, get the PropertyInfo. From the PropertyInfo, use the GetValue method.


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. For more information, see .NET Framework 3.5 Architecture.

The following example shows how to get the value of an indexed property. The String.Chars property is the default property (the indexer in C#) of the String class.

using System;
using System.Reflection;

class Example
    public static void Main()
        string test = "abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz";

        // To retrieve the value of the indexed Chars property using 
        // reflection, first get a PropertyInfo for Chars.
        PropertyInfo pinfo = typeof(string).GetProperty("Chars");

        // To retrieve an instance property, the GetValue method 
        // requires the object whose property is being accessed and an 
        // array of objects representing the index values. 

        // Show the seventh letter (g)
        object[] indexArgs = { 6 };
        object value = pinfo.GetValue(test, indexArgs);


        // Show the complete string. 
        for (int x = 0; x < test.Length; x++)
            Console.Write(pinfo.GetValue(test, new Object[] {x}));

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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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0