Enumerable.Any<TSource> Method (IEnumerable<TSource>)

Determines whether a sequence contains any elements.

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

public static bool Any<TSource>(
	this IEnumerable<TSource> source

Type Parameters


The type of the elements of source.


Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource>
The IEnumerable<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<TSource>. When you use instance method syntax to call this method, omit the first parameter.


source is null.


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.

         List<int> numbers = new List<int> { 1, 2 };
         bool hasElements = numbers.Any();

         outputBlock.Text += String.Format("The list {0} empty.",
             hasElements ? "is not" : "is") + "\n";

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

The Boolean value that the Any<TSource>(IEnumerable<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<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource, Boolean>) method. The following example demonstrates this use of the Any method.

class Pet
   public string Name { get; set; }
   public int Age { get; set; }
class Person
   public string LastName { get; set; }
   public Pet[] Pets { get; set; }

public static void AnyEx2()
   List<Person> people = new List<Person>
           { new Person { LastName = "Haas",
                          Pets = new Pet[] { new Pet { Name="Barley", Age=10 },
                                             new Pet { Name="Boots", Age=14 },
                                             new Pet { Name="Whiskers", Age=6 }}},
             new Person { LastName = "Fakhouri",
                          Pets = new Pet[] { new Pet { Name = "Snowball", Age = 1}}},
             new Person { LastName = "Antebi",
                          Pets = new Pet[] { }},
             new Person { LastName = "Philips",
                          Pets = new Pet[] { new Pet { Name = "Sweetie", Age = 2},
                                             new Pet { Name = "Rover", Age = 13}} }

   // Determine which people have a non-empty Pet array.
   IEnumerable<string> names = from person in people
                               where person.Pets.Any()
                               select person.LastName;

   foreach (string name in names)
      outputBlock.Text += name + "\n";

   /* This code produces the following output:



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

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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