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.
       outputBlock.Text += constantExpr.ToString() + "\n";

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


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: 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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