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Expression.Constant Method (Object, Type)

Creates a ConstantExpression that has the Value and Type properties set to the specified values.

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

public static ConstantExpression Constant(
	Object value,
	Type type


Type: System.Object
An Object to set the Value property equal to.
Type: System.Type
A Type to set the Type property equal to.

Return Value

Type: System.Linq.Expressions.ConstantExpression
A ConstantExpression that has the NodeType property equal to Constant and the Value and Type properties set to the specified values.


type is null.


value is not null and type is not assignable from the dynamic type of value.

This method can be useful for representing values of nullable types.

The following code example shows how to create an expression that represents a constant of the nullable type and set its value to null.

            // Add the following directive to your file:
            // using System.Linq.Expressions;  

            // This expression represents a constant value, 
            // for which you can explicitly specify the type. 
            // This can be used, for example, for defining constants of a nullable type.
            Expression constantExpr = Expression.Constant(

            // Print out the expression.

            // This code example produces the following output:
            // null

.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.