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Enumerable.Empty<TResult> Method

Returns an empty IEnumerable<T> that has the specified type argument.

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

public static IEnumerable<TResult> Empty<TResult>()

Type Parameters


The type to assign to the type parameter of the returned generic IEnumerable<T>.

Return Value

Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TResult>
An empty IEnumerable<T> whose type argument is TResult.

The Empty<TResult>() method caches an empty sequence of type TResult. When the object it returns is enumerated, it yields no elements.

In some cases, this method is useful for passing an empty sequence to a user-defined method that takes an IEnumerable<T>. It can also be used to generate a neutral element for methods such as Union. See the Example section for an example of this use of Empty<TResult>().

The following code example demonstrates how to use Empty<TResult>() to generate an empty IEnumerable<T>.

IEnumerable<decimal> empty = Enumerable.Empty<decimal>();

The following code example demonstrates a possible application of the Empty<TResult>() method. The Aggregate method is applied to a collection of string arrays. The elements of each array in the collection are added to the resulting IEnumerable<T> only if that array contains four or more elements. Empty<TResult> is used to generate the seed value for Aggregate because if no array in the collection has four or more elements, only the empty sequence is returned.

string[] names1 = { "Hartono, Tommy" };
string[] names2 = { "Adams, Terry", "Andersen, Henriette Thaulow",
                      "Hedlund, Magnus", "Ito, Shu" };
string[] names3 = { "Solanki, Ajay", "Hoeing, Helge",
                      "Andersen, Henriette Thaulow",
                      "Potra, Cristina", "Iallo, Lucio" };

List<string[]> namesList =
    new List<string[]> { names1, names2, names3 };

// Only include arrays that have four or more elements
IEnumerable<string> allNames =
    (current, next) => next.Length > 3 ? current.Union(next) : current);

foreach (string name in allNames)

 This code produces the following output:

 Adams, Terry
 Andersen, Henriette Thaulow
 Hedlund, Magnus
 Ito, Shu
 Solanki, Ajay
 Hoeing, Helge
 Potra, Cristina
 Iallo, Lucio

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0