Enumerable.Any(Of TSource) Method (IEnumerable(Of TSource))

Determines whether a sequence contains any elements.

Namespace:  System.Linq
Assembly:  System.Core (in System.Core.dll)

<ExtensionAttribute> _
Public Shared Function Any(Of TSource) ( _
	source As IEnumerable(Of TSource) _
) As Boolean

Type Parameters


The type of the elements of source.


Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable(Of TSource)
The IEnumerable(Of T) to check for emptiness.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the source sequence contains any elements; otherwise, false.

Usage Note

In Visual Basic and C#, you can call this method as an instance method on any object of type IEnumerable(Of TSource). When you use instance method syntax to call this method, omit the first parameter.


source is Nothing.


This method does not return any one element of a collection. Instead, it determines whether the collection contains any elements.

The enumeration of source is stopped as soon as the result can be determined.

In Visual Basic query expression syntax, an Aggregate Into Any() clause translates to an invocation of Any.

The following code example demonstrates how to use Any to determine whether a sequence contains any elements.

      ' Create a list of Integers.
      Dim numbers As New List(Of Integer)(New Integer() {1, 2})

      ' Determine if the list contains any items.
      Dim hasElements As Boolean = numbers.Any()

      ' Display the output.
      Dim text As String = IIf(hasElements, "not ", "")
      outputBlock.Text += "The list is " & text & "empty." & vbCrLf

      ' This code produces the following output:
      ' The list is not empty.

The Boolean value that the Any(Of TSource)(IEnumerable(Of TSource)) method returns is typically used in the predicate of a where clause (Where clause in Visual Basic) or a direct call to the Where(Of TSource)(IEnumerable(Of TSource), Func(Of TSource, Boolean)) method. The following example demonstrates this use of the Any method.

Structure Pet
   Public Name As String
   Public Age As Integer
End Structure

Structure Person
   Public LastName As String
   Public Pets() As Pet
End Structure

Sub AnyEx2()
   Dim people As New List(Of Person)(New Person() _
       {New Person With {.LastName = "Haas", _
                         .Pets = New Pet() {New Pet With {.Name = "Barley", .Age = 10}, _
                                            New Pet With {.Name = "Boots", .Age = 14}, _
                                            New Pet With {.Name = "Whiskers", .Age = 6}}}, _
         New Person With {.LastName = "Fakhouri", _
                          .Pets = New Pet() {New Pet With {.Name = "Snowball", .Age = 1}}}, _
         New Person With {.LastName = "Antebi", _
                          .Pets = New Pet() {}}, _
         New Person With {.LastName = "Philips", _
                          .Pets = New Pet() {New Pet With {.Name = "Sweetie", .Age = 2}, _
                                             New Pet With {.Name = "Rover", .Age = 13}}}})

   ' Determine which people have a non-empty Pet array.
   Dim names = From person In people _
               Where person.Pets.Any() _
               Select person.LastName

   For Each name As String In names
      outputBlock.Text &= name & vbCrLf

   ' This code produces the following output:
   ' Haas
   ' Fakhouri
   ' Philips

End Sub


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

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