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Queryable.LongCount(Of TSource) Method (IQueryable(Of TSource))

Returns an Int64 that represents the total number of elements in a sequence.

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

<ExtensionAttribute> _
Public Shared Function LongCount(Of TSource) ( _
	source As IQueryable(Of TSource) _
) As Long

Type Parameters


The type of the elements of source.


Type: System.Linq.IQueryable(Of TSource)
An IQueryable(Of T) that contains the elements to be counted.

Return Value

Type: System.Int64
The number of elements in source.

Usage Note

In Visual Basic and C#, you can call this method as an instance method on any object of type IQueryable(Of TSource). When you use instance method syntax to call this method, omit the first parameter. For more information, see Extension Methods (Visual Basic) or Extension Methods (C# Programming Guide).


source is Nothing.


The number of elements exceeds MaxValue.

The LongCount(Of TSource)(IQueryable(Of TSource)) method generates a MethodCallExpression that represents calling LongCount(Of TSource)(IQueryable(Of TSource)) itself as a constructed generic method. It then passes the MethodCallExpression to the Execute(Of TResult)(Expression) method of the IQueryProvider represented by the Provider property of the source parameter.

The query behavior that occurs as a result of executing an expression tree that represents calling LongCount(Of TSource)(IQueryable(Of TSource)) depends on the implementation of the type of the source parameter. The expected behavior is that it counts the number of items in source and returns an Int64.

The following code example demonstrates how to use LongCount(Of TSource)(IQueryable(Of TSource)) to count the elements in an array.

        Dim fruits() As String = {"apple", "banana", "mango", _
                              "orange", "passionfruit", "grape"}

        Dim count As Long = fruits.AsQueryable().LongCount()

        MsgBox(String.Format("There are {0} fruits in the collection.", count))

        ' This code produces the following output:

        ' There are 6 fruits in the collection.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5

.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 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.